Thankful, partially deaf 11-year-old dresses up as doctor for Halloween

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11-year-old Landon Browne, right, dresses up like his ear surgeon, Dr. Jay Rubinstein, left, as a way to offer thanks for a bevy of corrective hearing surgeries. (Photo: KOMO)

11-year-old Landon Browne, right, dresses up like his ear surgeon, Dr. Jay Rubinstein, left, as a way to offer thanks for a bevy of corrective hearing surgeries. (Photo: KOMO)

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SEATTLE, Wash. (CNN / KOMO) — A Seattle surgeon made such a huge impact on a second grader that the little boy decided to honor the doctor for Halloween.

According to KOMO-TV, of all the costumes 7-year-old Landon Browne could have picked for Halloween, he didn’t go for Spiderman, a fireman, a ninja or a warrior. Instead, he showed up to Seattle Children’s Hospital on Wednesday dressed as Dr. Jay Rubinstein.

Browne hears pretty well for a deaf child. And what he lacks in hearing, the precocious and gifted child makes up for in smarts. 

“I don’t mean to be not humble, but I’m pretty smart,” he said.

Last week, Browne showed up at the hospital wearing a lab coat, just like the one Rubinstein wore when he performed the two Cochlear implant operations on Browne.

“Well, he worked on both my ears and he’s a great surgeon,” Browne said plainly when asked why he chose to dress up like Rubinstein.

Rubinstein performed the first surgery when Browne was just nine months old. Browne became an important part of the doctor’s research, and last summer he added a Cochlear implant to the child’s left ear.

“I’m pretty grateful to him for all the efforts he’s made on our behalf,” Rubinstein said. “And for him to do this makes it clear that he feels the same way.”

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