7-Year-Old Girl With Life-Threatening Illness Swims With Sea Otters for Therapy
7-year-old Hannah Evans, like any other child, loves to have fun. However, she suffers from a life-threatening gastrointestinal disorder, one that undoubtedly affects her body and mind.
With help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Evans has been able to receive a respite and enjoy a special, once-in-a-lifetime kind of fun.
Kevin Yates, co-founder of Nurtured by Nature in California and his team of special animals provided Evans with an unorthodox form of therapy: swimming with otters. One of the nonprofit’s main goals is to “foster hope and well-being to children with life threatening to terminal illness through physical interactions with nature.”
“The most important thing is to give them a positive day where they are free of thinking about the pain or the illness or the treatment they are going through,” Yates said.
Evans is able to jump into a pool full of otters, and enjoy a day of frolicking with the friendly sea creatures.
Sometimes, the best therapy is also the most fun you can find.