CNN) — Brian Jantz marched down the hallway of the hospital with his guitar, accompanying a 4-year-old oncology patient with a maraca and a drum. He remembers they were singing their own creative version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
The girl had been anxious about an upcoming X-ray, he said, and resisted going to the procedure. Hospital staff paged Jantz to help. He kept the music going even on the elevator; the girl’s parents, a nurse and a child-life specialist sang, too.
“I’m not completely sure that she realized when it was happening … because before you knew it, we were back on the elevator, back in the room, and the music just continued straight through,” Jantz said.