The following letter was sent to Public Affairs from the King family, whose son, William,
underwent a surgical procedure by James
Mandell, MD, president and CEO of Children's Hospital Boston, on August 24.
My husband and I want to say how much we appreciate the care that was given to our son, William, during his overnight stay. Dr. James Mandell is the most heartfelt, caring doctor I think I have ever met, and he has a wonderful bedside manner. And the nursing staff on 10 South took such special care of William.
One thing in particular that really touched our hearts was what happened on the night of William's stay. He made a call to the cafeteria, where his aunt works, around 2 a.m., in hopes of getting a blueberry muffin. The person William spoke to apologized, saying that there weren't any muffins, but that William could have one for breakfast. I guess the person heard the disappointment in William's voice, because an hour later, they delivered 40 freshly baked blueberry muffins to his room, which truly made my son happy.
Thanks again to everyone who took care of my son.
Lisa and Paul King
The identity of the staff person who brought the blueberry muffins remains a mystery. William can't remember the details about the muffin delivery because of the medication he was taking, and the Food Services staff is baffled. Shawn Goldrick, director of Food Services, says, "Nobody works in the cafeteria at 2 a.m., so we just don't know who it was. But we'd love to find this person and celebrate this act of kindness."