This is 8-year old Dylan Prunty and the replica of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles he built out of LEGO bricks. Dylan builds things out of LEGO to help distract himself from the pain caused from a rare genetic disorder. PROTIP: Get those tissues handy.
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 got to meet with Guardians of the Galaxy and LEGO Movie star Chris Pratt (video of them reciting lines from the LEGO movie after the jump). I really admire Dylan's positive attitude. I wasn't born with any rare genetic disorders and I have a hard time keeping my head up a lot of the time. Here's to you, Dylan. Feel better.
Keep going for several more pictures and two videos.
Thanks to BBQ, who agrees LEGO really can help make everything better.