Nine-year-old primary ciliary dyskinesia patient (and Milo connoisseur), Kye, regularly spends weeks on end in the hospital to receive treatment for his condition. These two-week ‘tune-ups’ at times can be isolating and mean that Kye doesn’t get to see his friends.
Meeting Summit Krishna Shrestha — a paediatric healthcare worker — during his admissions, Kye has found his own healthcare ‘hero’ who actively goes above and beyond to make sure he has the best possible time in hospital. Summit is the most recent recipient of the Super Hero Awards, proudly sponsored by QSuper (a part of Australian Retirement Trust).
This VIP treatment has included Summit setting up a games console, playing basketball with Kye on his break, and making the ward’s best Milo for Kye.
“No matter how busy he is, Summit will visit Kye to put a smile on his face and talk to him about his day. Summit has even set up video games for Kye, and he always makes an effort to talk to him about it and get involved.”
Summit believes that the reason he gets along so well with patients like Kye is because he is a child at heart.
“I love befriending my patients and building a strong rapport of trust with them. It also makes my job a lot easier,” Summit said.
“When I found out about the nomination at work, I got quite emotional. It was a really big honour for me. I actually got quite teary.”
While Summit insists that it is all in a day’s work, his can-do attitude and desire to do good is infectious.
“He’s just so caring, compassionate, and comforting. He goes above and beyond every day,” Candice said.
“If we didn’t nominate him, it would have been only a matter of time before someone else did.”
Summit is one of many Super Heroes improving hospital life for their young patients. If you know a Super Hero at the Queensland Children’s or Mackay Base Hospitals, help us to give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for Juiced TV’s Super Hero Awards.