Elf on the Shelf became an emergency room patient at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
courtesy Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

ORLANDO - Nothing could prepare the emergency room staff at Arnold Palmer Hospital for the patient that came through the door one early December morning. But Christmas depended on their swift thinking and magical life-saving skills.

An Elf on the Shelf named Sam was in big trouble. A rowdy German Shepherd named Zoey had caught Sam in one of his more mischievous holiday escapades, and disaster followed. Zoey was too rough with the little red elf…limbs were lost, holes were made, a little girl’s holiday spirit was shattered.

Luckily for the undone elf, mom is a nurse at the emergency department and knew what to do. 

Sam was rushed into the operating room, tiny arm in tow. That’s where a specialized team of elf-saving specialists brought out surgical tools only used on elves, gloves, gauze and glitter. 

Watch the video above to see operating room video of the surgery. Warning, this video contains holiday images and may incite festivity in some viewers.

In no time, little Sam had his little arm back. He headed home with mom and 7-year-old Aubrie, and is now resting a safe spot, far away from the family dog.

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