Nurse Agrees to Become 5-Year-Old Leukaemia Patient’s ‘Hospital Wife’

Iron GideonGideon Robinson from San Diego is a five-year-old California boy diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, but he is not letting this get him down, and has earned the nickname Iron Gideon while in hospital.

AJ Robinson, Gideon’s father,  describes his son as a typical high energy, playful, somewhat mischievous 5 year old that had been in good health until he developed chest pains with swelling and redness in May of 2015. X-rays found no problems so life went on; a month later the pains returned and they had the same result.They tested for leukemia and the test came back negative

In August the pains were back, and after multiple tests, an MRI, and seeing specialists they figured it was CRMO (Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis), which is a condition in which the body attacks its own bones.

A couple of weeks later after some blood-work they received the call nobody wants to get – something that turned up in the blood work, his counts were dangerously low, and he needed to go into Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego as fast as possible.

After transfusions of blood and platelets, more blood work screenings and a marrow and spinal fluid test, Gideon was diagnosed with  ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), type B in November, 2015.

iron-manGideon’s nickname Iron Gideon came about because he had a port surgically implanted into his chest and it reminded the family of Iron Man. To help Gideon with his battle they turned him into a new super hero to battle this cancer (the bad guy) in his body.

Gideon’s favorite nurse at Rady Children`s Hospital in San Diego is Sarah Richards, who he calls “Tall Sarah.” She has helped make going to hospital a little easier. Sarah often participates in impromptu dance parties with the kids in the oncology ward.

She was the nurse that took care of us through most of his first chunk of time in the hospital,” Robinson told BuzzFeed. “The nurse that is teaching you how to keep your son alive becomes a very important person.”

Sarah and Gideon have become very close; so close in fact that Gideon decided to ask Sarah for her hand in “hospital marriage.” He made a ring out of a pink and white pipe cleaner and a “single purple heart bead as the stone.”

Gideon got down on one knee to propose…

Background music for the proposal was provided by the hospital’s music therapist Emma, and Ryan, Gideon’s “big brother” at the hospital unveiled a remote control car pulling cans at the big finale.

Of course, with a proposal like that, “Tall Sarah,” immediately accepted Gideon’s adorable proposal,agreed to be his “hospital wife” and asked for a hug.


Published on Jan 29, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KTLA) — Five-year-old “Iron” Gideon Robinson is battling leukemia, but he’s not fighting alone. Along with family, friends and his doctors, Gideon also has “Tall Sarah,” on his side — a nurse he has grown especially close to. So close, in fact, that Gideon asked Sarah to marry him with a proposal that brought the staff at Rady Children`s Hospital in San Diego to tears.


In an update, Mr Robinson expressed amazement at the response the video had received, thanking the hospital where Gideon received treatment and all its staff.

He said the family have since returned home and are concentrating on getting their son’s “blood counts back up…so that he can keep battling”.


Way to GO, Iron Gideon!! Keep up the Good Fight!!

Lots of Love & Strength from all of us here at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.



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This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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