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This Doctor 'Taught' Her 4-Year-Old How To Do A C-Section Using Play Dough

Valerie Howes
·2-min read
All hands on deck as Dr Jessica So and her four-year-old son conduct a play dough C-section.
All hands on deck as Dr Jessica So and her four-year-old son conduct a play dough C-section.

Dr. Jessica So is the type of mom one might imagine Meredith, from “Grey’s Anatomy,” to be at home ― teaching her kids to handle a scalpel and identify organs and muscle groups at an age when other kids are still trying to figure out how to hold their own spoon.

This California-based mother and board-certified dermatologist painstakingly recreates anatomically accurate body parts in play dough, so her curious preschooler son can assist her with mock surgical procedures. She shares videos of their procedures under the hashtag #playdoughsurgery.

For his fourth birthday, she went big and surprised her son by constructing the torso of a pregnant woman in play dough, so he could perform a Caesarian section. So far, this surgery has had more than 4.1 million views on Twitter ― not bad for the work of a very junior intern.

See the moment when the play-dough patient’s baby, Spiderman ― and his amniotic spidey-sack ― emerge from their playdough womb in the video below:

Dr. So’s son loves learning about the human body and the work of surgeons. “I suspect some of his interest stems from a natural curiosity for my work as a physician, while I am away from the home all day,” Dr. So said in an interview with HuffPost Canada.

“While we do talk about the different medical problems I treat, most of these conversations occur as part of a larger ongoing discussion about the calling of a physician—the joys, sorrows, and sacred honour of being entrusted to care for others,” said Dr. So.

It all started when Dr. So’s son was three. He had been saying, “I can’t wait to be a surgeon one day, Mommy,” and Dr. So told him about the long road to practicing his profession of choice. Talk of medical school, specializations, residencies and the...

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