WATCH: ER doctor saves Elf on the Shelf injured by family dog


Orlando, Fla. (WFLA/CNN) – A severely injured Elf on the Shelf will be able to spend the holidays with his family after emergency room doctors came to his rescue.

7-year-old Aubrey Thelen woke up to a horrific scene. Sam, her Elf on the Shelf doll, had been severely mangled by the family’s dog, Zoey. Aubrey’s mom is a nurse manager at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Magical elf on the Shelf Surgery

Jenn Thelen woke up to the sound of her 7-year-old daughter, Aubrie, screaming. Their German Shephard, Zoey, had attacked the family’s Elf on the Shelf, Sam. Jenn is the nurse manager for the emergency department at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She told her daughter not to worry because we have the best medical team and they had “special doctors” that could fix her elf’s injuries.

Posted by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sam was brought to the hospital for emergency trauma surgery. The surgical team was able to get a special pair of gloves from Santa, since the Elf rules state that Sam can’t be touched. Sam survived the surgery and was even administered magical medical glitter.

Sam is safe at home on Aubrey’s shelf where Zoey will not be able to get to him.

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