Canadian nurse makes superhero capes for intensive care babies

May 31, 2017 4:01 pm Last Updated: May 31, 2017 4:01 pm

Nurses, especially those who work with babies, such as at a neonatal intensive care unit, may not look like stereotypical superheroes, but they might as well be.

In fact, they may be even better, since unlike Superman or Batman, they actually exist. They also have better dress sense…scrubs may not be high-fashion, but I’d rather wear them in public compared to tights.

Tell this little boy if he wants to be a real hero, study medicine when he grows up! (Source: Flickr/miguelphotobooth)

Despite being a real hero, Stephanie Treherne of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal made a name for herself by sewing up superhero capes for the intensive care babies she works with.

In a period of nine months, which is hilariously appropriate given that she works with babies, she has sewn about 100 felt capes, each featuring the baby’s initial. Upon completion, she usually leaves the capes with the babies themselves, so that parents rarely get a chance to thank her.

The babies get capes with their initials on it…’tis a shame that babies are too young to read them! (Source: Flickr/Sari Tonkr)

One of the mothers whose baby received a cape from Treherne, Michelle Cooper, was so touched that she asked the hospital staff if she could arrange a meeting with her.

Her son, Benjamin had been born prematurely and needed medical supervision until his health improved. Michelle had become aware of the nurse who made his cape from a note she left him reading, “To our little Superhero, love Stephanie T.”

Like a comic book character, the parents were unable to thank the nurse who gave their babies the capes, because they didn’t know who she was. (Source: Wikimedia)

According to Good News Network, “We were very surprised that one of the nurses that we haven’t even worked with or seen or anything yet had left that…Given the hormones and everything, I was very emotional and I just started bawling my eyes out when I saw that cape.”

While unable to give the babies the ability to fly, to their respective mothers’ relief, they sure make a good blanket! (Source: Wikimedia)

According to CTV News, Treherne was inspired to make the capes at a medical conference where she saw a slideshow that featured the image of a baby in a superhero cape. “It represents exactly how we see the babies,” she explained, “These babies are super strong. They fight through so much. They’re just little superheroes.”

Michelle and her husband met with Treherne five days after they had been discharged from the hospital. “She was very sweet,” Michelle said, “When we asked her what brought it on she just said she wanted to do something nice for the babies.”

Reportedly, they keep Bejamin’s cape in his nursery, and they are eventually planning on having him wear it in a series of photos. “It brings a smile to the parents’ faces in a time that’s not so good, so it was really special for us to have gotten that,” she added.