HEALTHY HUMOUR: Toowoomba Hospital patient Eva Palmer has fun with Dr O'Dear (Robbie O'Brien) and Dr Sniggles (Helen Quinlan) as the Humour Foundation's Clown Doctors visit. Picture: Kevin Farmer
HEALTHY HUMOUR: Toowoomba Hospital patient Eva Palmer has fun with Dr O'Dear (Robbie O'Brien) and Dr Sniggles (Helen Quinlan) as the Humour Foundation's Clown Doctors visit. Picture: Kevin Farmer

Clowning around brings feel-good humour to hospital ward

BEING admitted to hospital so close to Christmas isn’t fun for anyone, but Stanthorpe 12-year-old Eva Palmer said a special visit during her time in hospital made it all worthwhile.

The paediatric ward at Toowoomba Hospital was filled from wall to wall with laughter last week, all thanks to the clown doctors from Humour Foundation who decided to pay the young patients a visit.

Dr Sniggles and Dr O’Dear bounced around the rooms spreading Christmas cheer with their jokes and tricks.

Eva had been admitted to the hospital two weeks earlier due to issues caused by a ruptured appendix.

Her face lit up as the clown doctors showed her their yoyo skills, before asking her to help them perform a flyswat high-five.

“Dr Sniggles and Dr O’Dear are really fun - I like the yoyo trick,” she said.

“(Hospital) can be boring, very boring. It’s okay when you’re very sick, because you are sleeping. But when you feel okay it starts to get boring sitting there all day.”

Toowoomba Hospital patient Eva Palmer, with mum Samantha Palmer, reacts as the Humour Foundation's Clown Doctors visit. Picture: Kevin Farmer
Toowoomba Hospital patient Eva Palmer, with mum Samantha Palmer, reacts as the Humour Foundation's Clown Doctors visit. Picture: Kevin Farmer

After a 15 day stay at Toowoomba Hospital Eva returned home with her family to Stanthorpe on Sunday.

“Were both very happy to be home,” Eva’s mother Samantha Palmer said.

Eva is now recovering in her own home and looking forward to spending Christmas with her family.

“She’s very excited to be spending Christmas at home,” Ms Palmer said.

The clown doctors are travelling around the country as part of a tour sponsored by the Moose Toys Foundation.

“It sucks when you have to be in hospital at the best of times, but especially around Christmas,” Dr O’Dear Robbie O’Brien said.

“It’s nice to be able to come and give everyone a lift. Especially at this time when everyone is doing it a bit tough.”