Star of New Wonder Woman Movie Shows Up in Costume to Surprise Children at Hospital


Two worlds of superheroes collided on July 6 when Wonder Woman herself walked into a hospital to visit sick kids in Virginia.

Actress Gal Gadot, who is filming “Wonder Woman 1984” in Washington, D.C., took a break to visit some real-life superheroes: kids who are fighting tough medical battles, and the men and women in scrubs who take care of them.

Gadot surprised staff and families at Inova Children’s Hospital in northern Virginia.

She came decked out in full Wonder Woman attire, ready to spread some encouragement and love to families who needed it.

Gadot’s superhero eyes landed on an adorable 7-month-old baby girl named Karalyne Sahady. She scooped the baby up into her arms and planted a sweet kiss on Karalyne’s irresistible cheek.

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“She had a huge smile on her face and walked right over to me,” Karalyne’s mom Kelly Swink Sahady told GMA. “She asked if she could hold Karalyne and scooped her right into her arms.”

Sahady was happy to oblige, taking a million adorable photos of the meeting.

“You Guys!!!!!” Sahady exclaimed on Facebook. “When Wonder Woman (the REAL Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot), comes to visit, you take as many pictures as you can!”

According to Jamie Gentille, director of Child Life Services at Inova Children’s Hospital, the visit to the pediatric floor was Gadot’s idea.

“You could tell she really wanted to be there,” Gentille told the Washington Business Journal. “It was her idea — this wasn’t anyone asking her to do this.”

Gentille and her staff kept the possibility of Gadot’s visit quiet, so as not to dash anybody’s hopes should the visit fall through.

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But Wonder Woman was able to come through and spent about an hour and a half visiting children and their families.

“We looked at our list of patients in the morning and tried to identify who would love a visit,” Gentille said.


Some parents were moved to tears, Gentille said, seeing their kids so delightfully happy to meet Wonder Woman.

She added that special visits like this one are a welcome distraction for kids who aren’t feeling well.

A hefty dose of morale-boosting encouragement is all part of the larger picture to get kids healthy and back home as soon as possible.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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