Extended Shelf Life: Doctors Perform Christmas Miracle to Save Elf Mauled by Dog
ORLANDO— Doctors saved the life of a mangled Elf on the Shelf after he came to a Florida emergency room.
Seven-year-old Aubrie Thelen, 7, found Sam, her Christmas elf, with a serious injuries after her German Shepard Zoey shredded her magical holiday messenger.
Her mother Jenn Thelen, a nurse manager at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, had heard her daughter's real-life screaming over the discovery of her fanciful character and his injury. According to a Facebook post from the hospital, Thelen "told her daughter not to worry because we have the best medical team and they had 'special doctors' that could fix her elf’s injuries."
Sam was scooped up in a towel and brought to mother's coworkers for some lighthearted fun. Staff put on surgical scrubs, and special gloves sent by Santa himself that allowed the elf to be touched. He was stitched and bandaged up before being sprinkled with magical red glitter to help with post-op recovery.
The incident has begun to blow through social media like a midwinter snowstorm. One doctor wrote on Twitter, "We can all send our elves back to the North Pole now,
@APHospital has officially WON the elf on the shelf game for the rest of the Christmas!"