Dylan Prunty is just 8-years-old and he’s spent most of the last two years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He suffers from mitochondrial disease and has found that playing with Lego is the perfect distraction to the pain. From the CHLA website:
Fittingly named “Honorary LEGO Master Builder” by the LEGO Group, Dylan was invited to LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, Calif. to spend a day engulfed in his favorite hobby and pick up a LEGO kit designed especially for him, courtesy of Make-a-Wish Foundation. The kit was a 4,000 piece model of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that features specific places in the hospital that hold distinctive meaning to Dylan and also houses one of his favorite doctors, Mimi Kim, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at CHLA.
“I wanted to design Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, because they saved my life and we live here,” says Dylan. “I want to auction off the model and hope that it will make a lot of money for research at CHLA.”
Dylan, who has not had any solid food in the past two years due to his digestive issues, has stayed at CHLA for as long as six months and when he is not inpatient, he makes daily visits to the outpatient towers. “He is usually in a lot of pain from kidney stones,” says Dylan’s mother, Kapka Prunty. “It takes three months to a year for someone to develop a kidney stone. Dylan makes them sometimes in minutes, hours, days. He can pass up to 100 kidney stones a day.”
“It [LEGO Bricks] has helped distract from the pain. It’s like, the best pain medicine,” says Dylan.
Dylan also had his spirits lifted with a little help from Chris Pratt. The actor recently visited the hospital and put on his Star Lord costume to cheer up the kids, and took some time to recite lines from Dylan’s favorite movie, The Lego Movie.
See more pictures and video of Dylan reciting lines with Pratt after the break.