Patients cheer Disney characters at show

 23 Feb 2014 - 5:11


Paediatric patients of Hamad General Hospital and Rumailah Hospital had a great time with Disney characters at Disney Live Mickey’s Musical Festival in Doha. 

DOHA: As part of Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Art and Healing programme, which uses art to help in the patients’ healing process, several paediatric patients from Hamad General Hospital and Rumailah Hospital were given an opportunity to attend Disney Live Mickey’s Musical Festival in Doha at the Qatar National Convention Center.
Many children invited to attend the music festival are undergoing long-term treatment at the two hospitals. The opportunity to take part in the festival allowed these patients a break in routine and a chance to have fun. 
About 54 patients, accompanied by their parents, siblings, as well as nurses from the hospitals participated in the even. The patients were seen cheering their favorite Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Daffy Duck, Goofy, Aladdin and the Genie, The Little Mermaid, and Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story. Several patients danced and swayed to the beats through performances, while clapping zealously and calling out the names of the characters from their seats.
A patient’s mother, who decided to join her children in the fun, shared in the excitement: “It was a lot of fun to attend this show with my children. The kids truly loved it and they were very excited to see all the Disney characters. We are thankful that HMC provided us with this opportunity to be a part of this activity. The children are feeling great and I see they have greater energy!”
The activity builds on the ambition of the Art and Healing programme at HMC, established in partnership with UCL Qatar [a centre of excellence for the study of cultural heritage, linked with Qatar Foundation], which believes art is a vital tool in smoothing the healing process for patients, especially children. In addition to feeling enthused, the brief change in their daily medical routine reflects in a heightened spirit and psychological enrichment.
“This kind of an activity is definitely enriching for children who are receiving treatment at HMC hospitals. We give them a reason to smile and feel happy as they can look beyond their illnesses for some time,” said Dr Mohammad Janahi, Chairman of Pediatrics at HMC. The Peninsula