Charles Terry’s first experience with Children’s Hospital was in the 1930’s when he was about 10 years old.
One morning when he would’ve normally gone to school, he woke up and realized nobody had woken him up to get ready for school. He got up to see what was going on and was told he was going to Children’s Hospital to get his tonsils taken out.
Charles’ only memory of his stay at Children’s is the dream he had in surgery. He remembers being put to sleep and having a very vivid dream about two bi-wing planes fighting in the sky. This was, of course, between World War I and World War II. The surgery went as planned, and Charles went back to living like a normal 10 year old.
Charles has had more experiences with Children’s Hospital since his surgery. When it came time to pick a pediatrician for his children, he and his wife chose Dr. Leo Bashinsky at Children’s.
His most recent experience at Children’s was with a grandchild having surgery. Charles was most impressed when a family friend, Dr. Guy Hicks, came to talk to and reassure the family before the surgery. He then personally walked Charles’ grandson to the operating room. Dr. Hicks is a radiologist and wasn’t on his grandson’s case, but still took time out of his schedule for the family.
It is experiences like those that make Charles appreciate what Children’s does for patients and their families. He said, “Children’s Hospital has always been a wonderful place.”