Sick kids receive unexpected visit

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 21:08:08-04

Sitting in a hospital bed non-stop isn't an easy task for adults, let alone kids!

Luckily, there are programs out there that were created to make their stay more comfortable.

Three-year-old Carter Curtis is stuck in the hospital.

A couple of days ago, his mom, Andrea, took him in after he kept getting headaches and complained of pains in his back.

Come to find out, he has meningitis, or inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes. It's typically caused by an infection.

Andrea has been impressed with the Child Life Program at St. Luke's in downtown Boise.

"It has certainly helped to have distractions and toys and books and activities to do so he's not trying to disconnect his IV's and jump out of bed," she said.

A special group of visitors arrived Thursday.

It was a surprise visit from a team meant to brighten kids' day. It's something that happens on a monthly basis at the hospital. The visits are meant to take their mind off why they're there.

The parks and recreation director, along with both the fire and police chiefs for the city of Boise stopped in to say hello.

"An opportunity to help brighten a kid's day and actually learn what St. Luke's Children's Hospital is doing down here to make this a better experience for the kids is just heartwarming for me," said Chief William Bones, Boise Police Department.

Carter is expected to be released from the hospital soon, while the rest of his family awaits his return.

"The rest of the crew will get to see little brother tonight," Curtis said. "So, he's looking forward to that actually. He misses everybody."