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Filler All Things Considered

Death (of a toy)

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1809
  1. Rose Penson, general practitioner, Pendre Surgery, Holywell, Flintshire, Wales
  1. rosepenson{at}

Parents of young children will need no introduction to Olaf the Snowman. The raffish comic hero of Disney’s hit film Frozen achieves immortality shortly before the end of the film in the form of his own personal winter, in which he can frolic in low temperatures while his comrades enjoy eternal summer. Sadly, for Olaf the Helium Balloon, who came home with my 3 year old a couple of weeks ago, there was no such reprieve. We explained before purchasing Olaf that he wouldn’t last for ever, and this was …

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