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Medical Clown Project

The Medical Clown Project provides therapeutic medical clowning as an integrated component of care for adult and pediatric patients and their families. The medical clowns also benefit the community milieu by lightening the mood of healthcare providers and staff.

Our newsletters, website, and other online and printed materials are intended to create a ‘window’ into therapeutic medical clowning to help you visualize and even, perhaps, viscerally feel the power of our work. Equally important is our commitment to the patients, families, medical team and staff to whom we provide services. Whenever possible, we will share stories, photographs and images of our work. Please know, however, that we are limited by our commitment to respecting the privacy of those we serve.

    A Moment At The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

    It's not often that we get consented video of our work in hospitals. Magical moments happen during EVERY shift. Today, we were lucky enough to capture one of those moments.

    The Story:

    Located in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a mother is with her child and trying to comfort her infant with Edwards' syndrome, also known as Trisomy 18. Edwards syndrome has no treatment and is usually fatal before birth or within the first year of life.

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    Excerpt From A Medical Clown: Amelia Van Brunt

    "I peer in the door's square window from the hallway, see the patient laying in bed alone, eyes closed and mouth open, still and silent. I quietly creak open the door and my partner and I start by humming. Low, soft at first. It rises. The ukulele swings in and joins us. His eyes spring open, his toothless grin spread wide. "I must have died and gone to heaven. I'm in heaven."
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    Emergency Department Blues

    Learning from an International experience

    Needing to be taken to the Emergency Department is never a good time. Not as a patient and not as a family member. Recently, I had my own experience in an Emergency Department in a foreign country to treat a wound. Without knowing the language, I felt very excluded in the doctor's discussions with the staff about how they will treat me.

    Not establishing a connection with the staff made me feel very uncomfortable. I didn't quite know what was going on and I was in another country. Luckily, everything turned out fine. However, I did learn a lot from this vantage point for my return back to the hospitals we serve.

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