Phoenix, AZ — Pokémon Go has seemingly taken over the U.S. and helped kids and adults alike get outside. The mobile game is also helping kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Patients are encouraged to get up and move around thanks to the game.
It’s helped kids like 10-year-old Noah Esquivel, who has been in and out of the hospital four times this summer.
“The Pokémon Go really helps too because it distracts me, it gets my mind off the things that like, tense up in my head,” Noah said.
He just had brain surgery for epilepsy and is recovering. Noah said that the game helps him be more comfortable in the hospital.
“When we got to the hospital we saw there were PokeStops all over they place and so we were like, ‘Oh this is really cool,'” Noah said.
The game uses your phone’s camera and GPS to turn the real world into a game board and try to catch digital Pokémon.
Noah has been moving around more thanks to the game. He said he has looked for Pokémon from the 8th floor to the 1st floor to the east building of PCH. All that searching is helping his physical therapy.
“He’s been using the wheel to (hunt the Pokémon) and our next step, tomorrow during therapy, in fact, he’s going to do it with his walker,” Stephanie Esquivel, Noah’s mom, said.
“I can take a little stroll in the night with my mom,” Noah said. “I feel like that we’ve done this, and it’s like mother-son moments, which is really nice for me.”