Reporting Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – If you’ve seen it, you’re one of many who have.
It’s a music video made by nurses and patients of Unit 5 at Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The video is a YouTube hit and the Huffington Post picked it up.
The video’s action is set to the music of Sara Barilles. She tweeted that the video made her cry. The nurse who shot it says it was to honor their patients and to make a point.
Praise to the tune a hundred thousand YouTube likes is something most agree they deserve, but it’s not the kind of attention these nurses are accustomed to. Natalie Snyder, who shot the video, says: “I always get this, ‘Oh, you’re a pediatric nurse, that must suck.”
But she insists that it doesn’t.
“It’s not all sad and tears here,” she said. “It’s fun and 95 percent of the days that I come to work, I have a ball.”
And the video is how she and her co-workers proved it.
“So I literally just took the time to read internet posts and blogs to figure out how to use the camera to shoot video,” Snyder said.
She says it was an ode to the ones they serve and an anthem of happiness, featuring a cast for which many feel sad.
Sarah Ewald has a starring role. She’s spent a lot of time with the pediatric oncology nurses.
“Mine originated in a tumor in my foot in the muscle tissues, then it spread to my pancreas and my spleen,” she said. “I guess it’s kinda cool to be able to show the kids like…it happens. Who cares if you have short hair?”
Her last scans were clear but her trips to Unit 5 aren’t over.
“It’s like all these people kinda turn into your family,” Ewald said.
Now, it’s a family that’s become kind of famous.
“The kids can still be sick,” Snyder said. “They can have to be stuck here with us for weeks on end sometimes, but they can still have fun doing it.”
And who better to show that, perhaps, laughter really is the best medicine.