Hospital allow kids to drive themselves to operating room

LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A San Diego children's hospital unveiled a collection of remote controlled luxury mini cars on Tuesday that allow its young patients to 'drive' themselves to the operating room.

The cars at the Rady Children's Hospital are actually operated by a nurse or a doctor, and are part of a new program designed to make children more relaxed before their procedures.

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Young patients drive themselves to the operating room at Rady Children's Hospital
Andrea Destraio, 5, slaps hands with medical staff and invited police officers whose charity donated to Rady Children's Hospital to start a program that uses remote control cars to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Doctor Daniela Carvalho uses a remote control device as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Andrea Destraio, 5, slaps hands with San Diego Harbor police officer Aldo Gutierrez and other officers whose charity donated to Rady Children's Hospital to start a program that uses remote control cars to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Andrea Destraio, 5, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Andrea Destraio, 5, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital introduces a new program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Andrea Destraio, 5, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui,7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Jonathan Jauregui, 7, leaves his room and wheelchair for an awaiting car as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Doctor Daniela Carvalho controls Jonathan Jauregui, 7, remotely as Rady Children's Hospital unveil a program that uses remote control cars, donated by the local police officers charity, to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Dr. Daniela Carvalho (L) controls remotely as Andrea Destraio, 5, slaps hands with police officers who donated money to Rady Children's Hospital, as they unveil a program that uses remote control cars to take young patients to the operating room, in San Diego, California, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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"The kids are having fun. The parents are seeing that they're relaxed and that they're happy," said Dr. Daniela Carvalho, medical director of surgical services at the hospital.

The cars were donated by the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. Children have their pick of a BMW, Mercedes, or Lamborghini, ensuring their ride to the operating room is a luxurious one.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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