Boy makes 1 last request to doctor as he’s put to sleep: Parents don’t discover until after surgery

In a fair and just world, no child would ever see the inside of a hospital whilst growing up. They’d have the chance to play and learn in a safe environment, as all children should.

For eight-year-old Jackson McKie, however, the reality is far from that. He’s spent much of his short life so far in the hospital.

When he was young, a cyst was detected on Jackson’s brain. He was born with chronic hydrocephalus, wherein there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain.


As a youngster, he’s been in and out of hospital more times than any child should be. Growing up and spending tons of time in and out of the hospital has been difficult on him, but his stuffie helped alleviate some of the stress.

His companions on his journeys have always stayed the same; his mom, his dad, and his teddy bear “Little Baby”.

Fortunately, Jackson’s been blessed with an amazing team of doctors. One of then, Daniel McNeely, has been fighting his corner ever since he came into the world.

During Jackson’s latest operation, he had one special request for his surgeon while he was under.

Facebook/Rick McKie

Daniel asked nurses to prepare a small operating table.

He first operated on Jackson, but when he had finished he decided there was still a little work to do.

No hesitation

Before being put to sleep, Jackson had asked if Daniel could operate on his teddy bear “Little Baby” as well. The thoughtful doctor didn’t hesitate for a second in accepting the task.

Jackson’s father, meanwhile, had nothing but good things to say about Daniel.

Daniel McNeely
Close / P. Daniel McNeely

It proves he’s not just an incredible neurosurgeon, but also an amazing person to boot.

“He’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” Daniel’s dad Rick told CTV News.

When Jackson awoke from surgery, he was delighted to see “Little Baby” had been patched up the same as him.

Doctor Daniel’s surgery on “Little Baby” was the first he’d done on a teddy bear, but something tells me it’s not likely to be his last.

After the operation, he chose to share his story on social media, and has since been hailed for his efforts.

Daniel McNeely
Twitter / P. Daniel McNeely

Beside the picture, he wrote: 

“Patient asks if I can also fix teddy bear just before being put off to sleep… how could I say no?” 

Dr. McNeely’s kindhearted gesture has since gone viral. He had hoped to brighten people’s day with his Tweet.

“I thought it might make a few people smile, that was the only intention I had. I’m glad that others are enjoying it.”

Daniel McNeely’s friendly gesture has spread like wildfire on the internet, with people worldwide celebrating his actions. What a wonderful doctor to have done this for his patient! 

Share this article with your friends on Facebook so that more people can read a heartwarming story today. Daniel deserves tribute!