Her lucky charm: Nine-year-old patient forms special bond with child life specialist



Patient Harlie and her child life specialist Maddie

Her lucky charm: Nine-year-old Harlie Davidson calls her Riley child life specialist, Maddie, her lucky charm.

The two formed a special friendship during Harlie’s multiple hospitalizations due to a brain tumor.

Maddie used special interventions like creating a brain out of playdough to help Harlie understand what her brain surgery would entail.

Harlie has now recovered from her brain surgeries and is back at home. But, Maddie still holds a special place in her heart.

When Harlie’s teacher asked her to create a project about her lucky charms, Harlie included Maddie on her list.

“She definitely had a big impact on my life,” Harlie said.