Doctors Save Little Girl's 'Elf On The Shelf' After Family Dog Takes A Bite

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Jenn Thelen works as the ER nurse manager at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, which came in handy when the family dog, Zoey, mauled her 7-year-old daughter's Elf on the Shelf doll.


Obviously, dogs will be dogs and sometimes that means they chew up things we'd really rather they didn't, but rather than let a typical dog mishap ruin Christmas, Jenn took matters into her own hands and enlisted her coworkers at the hospital to help save the doll with emergency surgery.

The doll was even wheeled into the ER on a gurney like a real patient (which, obviously, he was).

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The hospital posted video of the Grey's Anatomy-worthy drama on Facebook.

"[Jenn] told her daughter not to worry because we have the best medical team and they had 'special doctors' that could fix her elf’s injuries," the hospital wrote in the caption for the video.

Zoey, 7, is a German shepherd with a taste for elves.

Now, the Huffington Post reports, the Elf on the Shelf is back home, safe and sound—and kept safely out of Zoey's reach.

Watch the full video below!