"Over the next five years, statistics at the hospital showed that on Wednesdays, fewer children had to be kept over because of problems after chemotherapy. Doctors found that youngsters' adrenaline levels rose from being with the dogs, boosting their resistance to chemo's side effects."
Quito, Ecuador – They manage to bring a sparkle to the eyes and smile to the faces of little ones in the midst of a huge struggle to stay alive.
They are dogs who are brought each Wednesday to the only hospital in Ecuador's capital that treats children with cancer.
Two of these morale boosters are Lancelot and Juci.
Veronica Pardo, the hospital volunteer who owns the dogs, says the animals are used to cheer up the most discouraged of the patients, especially those with the grimmest prognosis.