Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins

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Wonder Woman to the rescue!

The star synonymous with the lasso-toting superhero popped up at a children's hospital to give a group of kids an unforgettable surprise. Gal Gadot headed to Inova Health Children's Hospital in Virginia on Friday, where she greeted kids and staff in full Wonder Woman garb. 

Naturally, Gadot in costume did not go unnoticed in the hospital halls. 

"Thank you ⁦@GalGadot⁩ for visiting us ⁦@InovaHealth⁩ Children's Hospital. You are a true Wonder Woman. The kids loved it...and so did the staff  #wonderwoman84," Dr. Lucas Collazo, a doctor at the hospital specializing in congenital heart disease, tweeted while sharing a group photo. 

Gal Gadot, Hospital, Wonder Woman

Kelly Swink Sahady

The visit was a welcome surprise for everyone, including those who sadly had to miss the sighting. "Dear @GalGadot- Thank you SO MUCH for visiting my patients and colleagues at #InovaChildrensHospital!" Pediatric nephrologist Patty Seo-Mayer tweeted. "Next time, can you align your visit with my call schedule? Love, #SuperFan."

It sounds like Gadot brought much joy to all she met on Friday, including mom Kelly Swink Sahady and her 7-month-old daughter, Karalyne Sahady, who is a patient battling aggressive acute myeloid leukemia. As Kelly explained to E! News, she and her husband have been juggling raising seven children while spending the last five months in the hospital with their daughter as Karalyne undergoes treatment. As such, Gadot's surprise was especially heartwarming. 

"Our family has been greatly affected by Karalyne's diagnosis. Living in the hospital for such long three to four week stretches at a time is hard on us all. On Friday, I was with Karalyne at the hospital alone while my husband was working. I was in our room with one of our many doctors while Karalyne was hooked up to IV antibiotics, when in walked Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, in full costume," she recalled to E! News. 

"She had a huge smile on her face and walked right over to me. She asked if she could hold Karalyne and scooped her right into her arms. I was pretty starstruck, as this was a huge surprise," Sahady described. "The hospital didn't tell us she was coming. We talked for a bit, and she asked me about Karalyne and how she was doing. She asked about her diagnosis. I could tell her crew was in a hurry to keep moving, but she was not. She asked about our other kids and even brought in some toys for them."

As Sahady noted, "What meant the most was that she didn't want any cameras from anyone but the families of the patients. She didn't want any press coverage for spending her afternoon at the hospital. She did this out of the goodness of her heart, and that meant more than anything. We are Wonder Woman fans for life now."

Gadot had been in Washington, D.C. shooting the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel and, as it seems, took some time while in the area to pay a visit to the nearby hospital. 

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