Category Archives: 4DAKIDZ

MRI Explanations for Children


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Going to a hospital and undergoing a myriad of tests to determine what is wrong with them can be very traumatic for a child, and this includes going for an MRI, during which is it vital that the patient lay very still.

With this in mind, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Radiology Department have created a video in which kids can learn from Fin the Fish everything they need to know about going for an MRI.

Your child’s MRI exam may or may not use anaesthesia. This video explains the process for having a paediatric MRI without anaesthesia at Johns Hopkins.

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PAUL AND THE DRAGON


When a child is diagnosed with cancer, life is changed forever. The child is put into an unknown world filled with hospitalizations, people in white coats taking blood, giving “pokes,” and administering treatments that can include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Children often feel sick, frightened and alone. Family routine suddenly includes balancing life at the hospital with life at home. Parents must juggle work while caring for their sick child, and other children in the family. They must also communicate what is happening to their child who has cancer. Often feeling like the world has turned upside down, they too feel frightened, confused and alone.

“Paul and the Dragon” is a powerful 25 minute video created to help children understand the world of childhood cancer in a safe way, with humor but also with truth. Through watching Paul’s battle with his dragon, the child with cancer will understand that scary things will happen to them as they fight their “cancer-dragon.” But they will also learn that the doctors, nurses and even the blue “medication-men” and purple “chemo-blobs” that sometimes make them feel sick, are really there to help them beat their cancer.

Paul and the Dragon from Anikey Studios on Vimeo.

Story:
Paul is feeling sick and needs to go to the hospital. After several tests he is diagnosed with cancer. He does not understand what is happening to him, and what the medications are doing. He feels scared and alone. His doctor explains to him that the cancer is like a dragon in his body that needs to be fought. As a true hero, young Paul fights the dragon, together with the medications and the love of his family, and wins.

This film is for children with cancer and their families. The film portrays the child with
cancer as a hero who has to battle an evil dragon living inside of their body. In this
exciting humorous metaphor, children will also learn about problems and issues that
can arise when a child has cancer. This visual representation of cancer is intended
to initiate conversation about what is happening, and help alleviate the fears the child
may have.

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