The staff at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital used to be known for wearing baseball jerseys touting the building’s legendary namesake, but their new uniform has a giggle factor that brings out the best in young patients.
Not only the nurses, but even the parking valet, in this Hollywood, Florida medical center proudly don tutus once a week to make little patients forget their woes.
The fun started last summer when operating assistant Tony Smith wore a multicolor tutu over his scrubs to entertain a young patient heading to surgery. Before he knew it, a photo of him clad in a zany skirt became a social media hit and “Tutu Tuesdays” was born.
More than 150 employees–from doctors to administrators– waltz weekly down the hallways in colorful tulle. Even Nutmeg the therapy pooch has a custom pink tutu.
“I never knew I would have that much impact. I didn’t expect it to go viral,” Smith told WTVJ.
Where are all of these tutus coming from? They are supplied by the resident clown, of course.
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