At St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Mo. Officers from the Missouri State Police and St. Louis City Police Department went to visit with 10 year old Zy’ron Ward who has pulmonary fibrosis and has been in the hospital for 14 months now. Zy’ron has wanted to be a police officer since he was 4 years old and his lung disease is very serious at this time requiring the boy to have a tracheotomy among other life saving and altering procedures.
Officers came to the hospital to raise the boys spirits but that’s not all.
After being in isolation for so long the child’s spirits needed to be lifted by caring people. The Officers came with gifts and to swear him in as an Honary Law Enforcement Officer.
His mother said “It was awesome,” Wade said. “I am a proud mama right now. I am so happy. My son has been in the hospital for 14 months and let me tell you, it made his day. Just to see the smile on his face was priceless.”
While the child had such a difficult time vocalizing anything due to his tracheotomy the excitement on his face was notable to everyone present.
TODAY.com covered the event where the boy was ‘sworn in’ and took his oath promising “he would work with his doctors and nurses and take good care of himself,”
Stacy Sedlack, a child life specialist at the hospital who helped organize the event, told TODAY.com. “I’m not a big crier but I was holding back tears.” She added “I haven’t seen him smile that much in a really long time,” she added. “He was just so happy. It was great.”