Mario or Super Mario is the face of the Nintendo franchise and arguably the most famous video game character of all-time. Over the past several years, this Italian plumber has been increasingly present in health care news.
Mario & Medicine
- On September 15, 2014, Super Mario accidentally consumed a deadly Amanita mushroom, thinking it was a 1-UP, and was hospitalized first at World 7-2 Hospital then transferred World 4-3 Hospital due to their liver transplant abilities. Though Mario would eventually recover, he now prefers Super Star power-ups over Mushroom ones.
- On September 11, 2016, while Super Mario was still recovering at rehab from his Amanita-induced hepatitis, the Da Vinci surgical robot subbed in and helped in the quest to save Princess Toadstool. Not surprisingly, Da Vinci failed because he failed to complete each level in the allotted time given.
- On January 13, 2017, first-year UCLA medical student Mac Little gave his copy of Super Mario Bros. two rescue breaths in an attempt to resuscitate the video game cartridge. Numerous studies have shown that rescue breathing is more effective in old-school game cartridges than unconscious patients.
Did You Know?
- Assassin's Cream
- Da Vinci
- Double Dragon
- Princess Toadstool
- Sid the Kidney
- Sonic Hedgehog
- Womb Raider
- Super Mario in Critical Condition, Mistakes Deadly Amanita for 1-Up Mushroom (Gomerblog)
- Da Vinci on Quest to Rescue Princess Toadstool (Gomerblog)
- Man Gives Frozen Nintendo Cartridge 2 Rescue Breaths (Gomerblog)
- Super Mario Upset That Gene Named After Sonic the Hedgehog (Video Game Medicine)