Dr Ahoi has been working as a Giggle Doctor for 20 years. He cheers up little patients with humour and imagination.
Antonio Morano, aka Dr Ahoi, knows every trick in the book. The Giggle Doctor with a captain's cap on his head and a little Nemo in his white coat has been visiting children in hospital for 20 years. His appearance warms hearts in an instant. Children, parents and caregivers all know that something special will happen when Dr Ahoi shows up in the corridors and rooms of a hospital. Balloons turn into animals; soap bubbles begin to make sounds and glow. And doctors, patients and parents are suddenly part of his imaginary maritime orchestra. Dr Ahoi also manages to include people who think they can't sing or read music. He has some tricks up his sleeve. A toothbrush serves as a baton, a rubber duck as a percussion instrument.
But the Giggle Doctor also knows how to be quiet. When Dr Ahoi enters a hospital room, he does so carefully. It's important to be aware of the situation and adapt to it. If a child is not in the mood right then, he respects that. And the child does not always need to be the focus of attention. The parents might also need a little cheering up, said the Giggle Doctor. Anxious hours spent by a child's hospital bed leave their mark: parents feel exhausted and helpless. "And the little patients enjoy it when I involve their mum or dad."
As a partner of the Theodora Foundation, we support the valuable work of the Giggle Doctors. With this partnership, Helsana contributes to enabling more than 8,000 children to enjoy a few carefree moments each month. That means that yearly more than 100,000 children in hospitals and specialist care centers all over Switzerland enjoy visits from the Theodora Giggle Doctors.