Israeli Entertainer: Hospitals Should Have Clowns

CHICAGO (WBBM) — An Israeli medical professional is in Chicago, teaching hospitals here about what he does to help heal patients.

But as WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger reports, David Barashi didn’t attend medical school, but, rather clown college.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Like many doctors, Barashi, known professionally as Dudu the Clown, carries a bag. But instead of a stethoscope and medical instruments, Barashi’s contains a bright red nose and weird musical instruments.

Israeli hospitals, Barashi says, employ full-time clowns on their medical staffs.

Their job, he said, is “to create together a fantasy bubble for the children, for the family, and even for the medical staffers.”

Barashi says research shows clowning around helps speed a patient’s recovery. He says he sees the benefits firsthand.

“It’s immediate,” Barashi said. “The effect comes immediately.”

Barashi is touring Chicago hospitals, telling them about the healing effect of having clowns on staff.

  • dccat101

    I’m sorry….clowns are just creepy……have ya ever seen It, by Steven Spielberg?….just soooo not a clown fan.

  • R

    Other than clowns, who likes clowns?

  • Elizabeth

    Yes, many clowns are creepy but definately not this one!! I wish they would have put up his picture instead of this one. He doesn’t wear face paint, just a red nose and he helps children relax in the most heart wrenching medical situations. I’ve never liked clowns either until I meet David Barashi. He is a true hero. All hospitals shoudl employ clowns of this nature. Come find out for yourself at an event on Sunday in Deerfield at the Chicagoland Jewish High School from 2-5 PM. Bring your children.

    • dccat101

      Glad to hear that Elizabeth… is the face paint that I don’t like!!….and yes….it would have been nice if they had put his picture up!!

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