A nurse fulfilled his promise to a 12-year-old girl who was undergoing radiation treatment when he learned all the moves to Silento’s pop hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” But he had a surprise up his sleeve when it came time to demonstrate for her on her last day of treatment.
Sophia Petikas, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was young and had to wear a brace. In 2013, she underwent surgery to remove a tumor in her spinal cord after experiencing unbearable pain.
However, a year later, doctors discovered more tumors on her spinal cord. With their recommendation, Sophia was admitted into Willis-Knighton Proton Therapy Center instead of undergoing the usual X-ray treatment for the tumors.
When the dance fan was having her treatment, a nurse named Daniel Speir told her that he would learn how to do the “Nae Nae” dance, from her favorite song, and dance with her on her last day.
True to his word, when she was set to take leave, Speir told Sophia that he had been practicing and asked her if she would dance alongside him. Little did she know that the hip hop session would turn into a flash mob as soon as the music started in the hospital foyer.
Julia Petikas, Sophia’s mom, later told Inside Edition, “They had practiced on their own time. Daniel led them in a practice and he learned the moves on YouTube.”
Sophia was taken aback by the flash mob from staff, as were her parents, but it came as a lovely surprise, nonetheless.
“She was just overwhelmed and really surprised, and it was overwhelming for me and my husband,” Julia told TODAY. “We’re happy that they did it for her and it’s making so many other people feel good.”
The performance was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube, where it soon received millions of views in a short time.
“She’s excited, but she thinks the spotlight should be on Daniel and the crew there,” Julia said. “They are the ones that did something special for her.”
Of course, we are grateful when we see medical professionals slaving away to help patients get well, but it’s refreshing to see that they do know how to have some fun when the timing is right. Meanwhile, dancing, smiling, and laughter together can sometimes be the best medicine of all!