OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Hospitals can be a scary place for some kids , but one hospital is kicking off a new program to make things a little better.
The OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City is launching the first ever "Caped Kid-Saders Program" in the US, which gives each child in the hospital a bright yellow super-hero cape.
It sends a message to let everyone know how "cape-able" they are.
Patients are also receiving a variety of books to promote bravery and fearlessness in the face of disease or sickness.
“A friend sent me a text and said both her kids are sick and she walked into her daughter's room and her daughter jumped up on her bed, pointed at her and said, 'I’m not taking that medicine!'" Alonzo Cannon, a children’s author, said.
"It’s a little bit of escapism for them and it really empowers them because they see, I can do this."
Maryann Ketcher, a patient’s mother, said, "She didn't really know why her sister was here until basically today and coming down here helped her. And it's definitely good for me because this is actually something that's put a smile on my face instead of scared me."
Five other hospitals are also interested in adopting the program.