VIDEO: Children's Hospital Brings the Zoo to Its Patients

updated 04/04/2014 at 11:30 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/2014 04:50PM


Jayden, a 6-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, likes to look out the window in his room at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The Houston Zoo is located across the street, so he's trying to see the animals.

"We always drive by the zoo to get to the hospital," says his mother. "He had mentioned, 'Mommy, I just want to go to the zoo.' "

But thanks to a little technology, Jayden didn't have to leave his hospital bed to see jaguars, giraffes and sea lions.

The hospital collaborated with the Houston Zoo to bring the zoo to the patients who can't visit, according to the video's description. (Watch his reaction to the animals in the video above.) Using Google Glass technology allows these patients to take in all of the animals with virtual tours led by the zoo's staff.



For Jayden, that meant forgetting about his disease for just a little while.

"It gave my son a chance to feel like he was a normal kid," added his mother. "He was able to see the zoo while he was in a hospital bed – what greater thing [is there] than that?"



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