Even though Sophia was still groggy from the anesthesia she received during her oral surgery, recovery unit nurse Erin Baranek, RN, was still able to make quite an impression.
“We had the most amazing nurse,” said Katie Thompson, Sophia’s mom. “She went above and beyond her duties to make my sweet girl comfortable and felt special.”
Thompson said the surgeon was trying to restore several of Sophia’s teeth that had been damaged by a lack of vitamin D. Sophia is not able to have dairy products or eggs. Crowns or caps were able to be placed over most of the damaged teeth, but two of her front teeth had to be extracted.
“The surgeon came to talk to me (after the procedure) and handed me her teeth,” said Thompson. “My stomach dropped to my feet and then they took me to see Sophia. Erin was snuggling her when I walked in.
“She told me Sophia was so sweet and had such good manners when waking up from anesthesia. She then brought her a brand new Frozen blanket and a tooth fairy certificate with a dollar.”
They were so pleased with the care that Baranek provided that they eventually stopped back to thank her, bringing donuts and candy to show their appreciation.
“Families coming back in like this doesn’t usually happen,” said Baranek. “It made me feel special. It was genuinely nice and caring of Sophia and her mom to do that.”