ER Staff Saves The Day After Family Dog Mauls Girl’s Elf On The Shelf

When a Florida hospital manager’s dog mauled her young daughter’s Elf on the Shelf, she called on her colleagues to save the day.

Jenn Thelen’s co-workers at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando sprung into action on Monday morning to help save 7-year-old Aubrie’s injured toy, which the family’s German shepherd, Zoey, had attacked overnight.

In an adorable video that’s going viral, the emergency room staff wheeled Kris Kringle’s tiny spy into the trauma bay on a gurney:

Magical elf on the Shelf Surgery

Jenn Thelen woke up to the sound of her 7-year-old daughter, Aubrie, screaming. Their German Shephard, Zoey, had attacked the family’s Elf on the Shelf, Sam. Jenn is the nurse manager for the emergency department at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She told her daughter not to worry because we have the best medical team and they had “special doctors” that could fix her elf’s injuries.

Posted by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

“OK, let’s see what we can do,” said one of the team, dressed in full surgical gear. Another worker listed the injuries the elf named Sam had sustained.

They then painstakingly reattached its arm, before sprinkling glitter over his body in a bid to bring him back to full elf. Sam was discharged later that day.

Thelen, who is the hospital ER’s nurse manager, said Aubrie burst into tears after finding her beloved elf missing an arm on Monday.

But after seeing the videos and photographs of Sam’s surgery, the youngster was thrilled to welcome him home. “My kids know that our medical team does amazing things,” Thelen told Babble.

“We always talk about Christmas magic with our kids. Aubrie is a very analytical kid, so she wants to know details about everything,” she added. “So, we explained that Christmas magic is a way that Santa and the elves are able to do things that maybe normally wouldn’t make sense.”

According to the hospital, the team used “expired medical products” for the spoof surgery.

“Aubrie knew that the elf could not be touched but Jenn told her that the ‘magic gloves’ would allow the team to work on Sam,” it added, since legend says the Elf on the Shelf can lose his magic if touched by humans. “Sam is now back on his shelf and mom will definitely make sure that he is out of Zoey’s reach.”



  1. Love the story too. A little magic at Christmas and very little time made for one happy child. This hopefully was done during a brief break. We once treated a stray dog who hobbled in on a broken leg. A few blow backs but happy dog. Turned out dog belonged to a doc on rounds.

  2. Sorry, it may be a feel good story, but that’s time that could have been used to save a person’s life. Will the insurance companies be billed? Will she? The medical team and staff need to get paid…while they may have used expired products, and not all, I’m sure. It’s a waste of time, resources and facility. Go ahead…tell me I’m a Scrooge and how I have no heart….yada yada yada…while my insurance rates soar and I pay ridiculous amounts on healthcare…but let’s use a hospital to see up a doll!

    • My thoughts exactly. Not to mention a little “over indulgence” on the part of the parents. My parents taught me that stuff happens, so put it in perspective and deal with it accordingly.

  3. I realise this is a spoof, but the sterile glove were not put on sterile. The first glove was not supposed to
    be touched inside the cuff.


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