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Columbus boy creates mask for cow at Chicago hospital

Trystan Dickinson was receiving treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children related to his cerebral palsy and scoliosis.
Credit: Shriners Hospitals for Children
Columbus resident Trystan Dickinson, 12, created a mask for a fiberglass cow at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago.

CHICAGO — A Columbus, Indiana, boy wasn't going to let a plastic cow be the only one in a Chicago hospital without a mask.

Shriners Hospitals for Children received two fiberglass cows from the famous "Cows on Parade" art installation at an auction in 1999.

Trystan Dickinson, 12, was at the children's hospital for inpatient rehabilitation related to his cerebral palsy and scoliosis. 

He noticed everyone at the hospital was wearing masks as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic — except for the cow in the main lobby. 

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Trystan's mom and he brought the supplies with them to make the cow a mask. They worked on the mask design in between appointments, using fabric and yarn. 

Hospital staff shared the photo of Trystan with his newly-masked friend. 

According to hospital staff, Trystan and his dad have an ongoing joke about this cow: Trystan calls it a cow, and his dad calls it a bull. So even though Trystan said the cow needed a mask, his dad quickly chimed in that the bull needed a mask.