So Cute! Watch A Hospital Worker's Dance Party To Lift A Little Boy's Spirits
His grins and giggles will make you smile too!
Little Blake Sheffer has gone through a lot in his short life. He was born prematurely, and started showing health problems when he was just five weeks old. Since then he's been in and out of the hospital for treatment of a heart condition, and seizure-like episodes.
In June, Blake was hospitalized again for multiple seizures and had to stay in his crib in the same position for days, which anyone who has been around a toddler knows, is pretty much impossible.
Blake was well enough for a trip to Disney with mom Lauren and dad Jay earlier this year.Lauren Sheffer/Facebook
That's when an angel named Quanda Riles came into the picture. Riles is an environmental services technician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She started visiting the boy regularly during her shift, and began doing little dances with him, to his great delight. A video of the two of them together went viral:
"My favorite part of working for Children's is making the patients feel happy and comfortable because you don't know what a family is going through," Riles told WSBTV news. "I always try to keep a smile on their faces."
It's definitely working for Blake, whose mother Lauren said she started to leave her son's door open so he'd be able to see Riles right away when she came to visit. When Blake was recently re-admitted to the hospital, his reunion with Riles was priceless:
As they've gotten to know Riles, the Sheffer family learned that she faces her own health challenges. "Quanda has several debilitating health issues including a severe form of glaucoma where she is expected to be completely blind in the near future," Sheffer said. "She is so positive and happy with the children at CHOA that you would never know."
Quanda Riles says it's her goal to put a smile on the face of every patient and family member she meets.Lauren Sheffer/FacebookWhile the Sheffers wanted to set up a GoFundMe account to help Riles, they found out that hospital rules prohibit patients or their families from making gifts to staff members. So the Sheffers and little Blake continue to express their gratitude for this woman, who says her faith in God is what keeps her going, and giving joy to the patients she meets.