The Herald Sun featured this story about animal volunteers of the RCH on 20 March.
When Ralf the giant schnauzer visited the patients of The Royal Children’s Hospital this week no one realised exactly how much of a help he would be.
Ralf got two-year-old Claire Couwenberg to walk for the first time in the five days since her surgery to remove a cancerous kidney.
The Melton toddler, diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour eight weeks ago, took Ralf and led him up and down the hospital.
Ralf is one of a handful of dogs to visit the RCH each week in a program that has been boosted so more pooches are popping in on more little patients.
RCH visiting volunteer program co-ordinator Brenda Kittelty said “the dogs bring normality to children in a abnormal, difficult and stressful situation”.
Research had found the relaxing and happy effect of animals improved health and facilitated healing.
Read the rest of the article about Ralf and the patients here
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