Classic film by James Robertson, contrasting with A Two Year Old goes to Hospital. Sally, aged 17 months, is in hospital for five days to have a minor operation; mother stays with her to prevent the distress of separation and to help in her care. Secure in the presence of her mother, Sally survives investigation and hurt without becoming depressed and withdrawn as unaccompanied young patients often do, and at the end of their stay is as lively and cheerful as at the beginning.
The arrangement is shown to be practical, and of benefit not only to the young patient and her mother but also to the medical and nursing staff whose experience is enriched by dealing with child and mother together.
This film was made in 1958, in black and white, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a historic record.
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