Some patients are undergoing difficult procedures while surrounded by fluffy bouncing bears and winter wonderlands.

By: Michaela Haas September 30, 2021

“If you are having a fun time, your body is producing natural endorphins,” says the doctor Jeffrey Gold. “It is a neurochemical analgesic”. Photo: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

snow worldSnow World features a cooling winter landscape that helps alleviate pain in burn patients. Snow World features a cooling winter landscape that helps alleviate pain in burn patients. Credit: University of Washington

Everything at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is designed to make it less scary. The bright yellow walls feature pictures of adorable seal and lion cubs, an overweight corgi waddles over demanding to be pet, and a live band rocks out in the foyer to Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” On the seventh floor, Jeffrey Gold’s tiny office is filled with colorful children’s drawings and — higher tech but just as whimsical — virtual reality headsets. “Do you want to try it on?” the psychologist tempts.

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