Doctor Promises To Dance Every Time Patient Feels Better And Makes The Child's Day

A young boy who'd been stuck in hospital for a month had a great surprise when his condition started improving - not only because he began to feel better, but because a friendly doctor also decided to celebrate with him in the most heartwarming way:

Five-year-old Gerrit has a rare, life-shortening gene defect MOPD type one. Because of this, he is susceptible to infection and is developmentally delayed.

According to Gerrit's Facebook page, there are currently only 10 children in the world with the same genetic defect. Normally, children die as a result of infections within the first two years of life.

When he was four, his family explained that he was at the level of development as a one-year-old, but that he is a 'happy guy' and can already speak some words.

Recently he found himself stuck in Horst-Schmidt-Kliniken hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, for four weeks - something that can't have been easy for the poor little fella, or his family.

But when his health finally started improving, one of his doctors wanted to celebrate with him - busting a move especially for Gerrit.

Credit: Gerrit's Welt
Credit: Gerrit's Welt

Posting a video of the moment to Facebook, Gerrit's family wrote: "There are moments in life, when a lot of ballast falls from the shoulders. There are also moments when it should be fun and cause laughter. Last night was such a moment.

"One of the many great stations doctors intensive care unit K12 in the HSK Wiesbaden said a few days ago, if the little guy is fine, then he dances.

"Well, yesterday evening it was time... To the sound of Culcha Candela - 'By Itself'."

They added: "These almost four minutes brought so much joy and you could feel the tension of the last four weeks."

His family also thanked the doctors and nurses of the ward for 'fighting the last four weeks for Gerrit and never giving up on him'.

"We cried a lot and laughed a lot and you always had an open ear for us," they said.

Credit: Gerrit's Welt
Credit: Gerrit's Welt

They also expressed their gratitude to Gerrit's many followers, saying: "Thank you, dear friends, we wholeheartedly thank you for the many, many wishes for recovery and many encouraging words."

According to the Independent, not long after the video surfaced, Gerrit was also then told he could leave hospital.

And in an even sweeter twist, today the family posted on his Facebook page to say that it was actually Gerrit's birthday, writing: "Five months ago, no one would have thought you were still with us today and celebrating your fifth birthday."

Happy birthday to the little fighter!

Featured Image Credit: Gerrit's Welt / Facebook

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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