5-Year-Old Entertains Pediatric Floor With Solo Dance Recital

It's a story of how one little girl found her shine again with the help of some Tri-State doctors and nurses.

Posted: Jul 31, 2021 9:44 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2021 9:07 AM

It's a story of how one little girl found her shine again with the help of some Tri-State doctors and nurses.

"They went way above and beyond for my child, which is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever done for us," says Jennifer Miller, Ruby's mom.

Ruby Miller is five-years-old and loves to dance.

She practiced for nearly a year to prepare for her first recital, but when the day came for her to take the stage, she was lying in a hospital bed.

"She had been so sick since December," says Miller. "We had watched her go downhill for several weeks and months, and it was frustrating. This was just one more thing she was going to miss."

Ruby had been fighting constant ear infections and her condition kept getting worse.

It was at Ascension St. Vincent where she was admitted to get better.

For nearly two weeks, this normally happy and glittery little girl was fighting.

"When you're here for two weeks like they are, the room goes like this and you just have to do something," says Jesscia Schmitt, nurse. "They're kids. They need to feel like kids whether they are sick or not."

Ruby mentioned her dilemma to Schmitt who was one of her nurses.

"She missed her first t-ball game already and she missed her first dance recital, and then I was like 'no we can do that,' says Schmitt. "We can definitely do that."

In just a matter of hours, the pediatric unit came together designing a backdrop, signs, and getting her flowers, this Ruby was able to shine.

"I was excited and nervous," says Ruby.

"Everybody was kind of puzzled at first and everybody came and we kind of worked it in the day as we could," says Schmitt.

Getting dressed in her costume, hair and makeup included, with an audience of her very own, Ruby was able to be herself again for the first time in months.

"I called my husband and I said 'hey, do you want to see somebody you haven't seen in a long time? and I showed him her, and she was back to her glittery self," says Miller. "It meant a lot."

An act of kindness from members of the care team at St. Vincent who helped this little girl find her glitter once again.

"It feels amazing that this is what I get to do for my job," says Schmitt. "Taking care of people like Ruby and meet their families and I feel really lucky and blessed."

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