Well fancy that! Who’s that climbing the outside of the building?

Well fancy that! Who’s that climbing the outside of the building?

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It’s Batman and Flash, two heroes from the Marvel Comics superhero universe

It’s Batman and Flash, two heroes from the Marvel Comics superhero universe

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They’ve popped by to cheer up the young patients at the Hospital Sabará Infantil

They’ve popped by to cheer up the young patients at the Hospital Sabará Infantil

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Eyes wide in wonderment: this young fan has never been so close to his heroes

Eyes wide in wonderment: this young fan has never been so close to his heroes

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Many of the children at the modern hospital in São are gravely ill. 4-year-old Beatriz admired the strong men from her mother’s arms

Many of the children at the modern hospital in São are gravely ill. 4-year-old Beatriz admired the strong men from her mother’s arms

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A bit of distraction from the hospital routine is just what the doctor ordered – and is a perfect opportunity for a snapshot. Luis has the technology at his fingertips

A bit of distraction from the hospital routine is just what the doctor ordered – and is a perfect opportunity for a snapshot. Luis has the technology at his fingertips

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The men “flying” up and down the façade have dressed up specially for Children's Day

The men “flying” up and down the façade have dressed up specially for Children's Day

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A head for heights is essential for this daring stunt many feet off the ground

A head for heights is essential for this daring stunt many feet off the ground

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But that’s a superhero power that the men – who usually wash the windows here without costumes – have in abundance

But that’s a superhero power that the men – who usually wash the windows here without costumes – have in abundance

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It’s obvious that great fun is being had on both sides of the glass!

It’s obvious that great fun is being had on both sides of the glass!

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 What’s that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – it’s Superman! And he just happens to be dangling from the façade of the Hospital Sabará Infantil in São Paulo. He’s also brought along his friends Batman and Flash from the Marvel Comics universe, and the three of them have come not to rid the world of evil but – to clean the windows. The young patients inside the hospital building cannot believe their eyes. They laugh, they wave and smile incredulously: It’s a real-life superhero adventure!

The management staff at Hospital Sabará Infantil came up with the idea to commemorate Children’s Day, which is celebrated on October 12th in Brazil and where it is customary for parents to give their children presents. To make this day little easier for the modern hospital’s young patients, many of whom are gravely ill, the window washers dressed up as Batman, Captain America & Co. to carry out their risky job and they waved to the kids as they cleaned the glass façade of the building.

“Moments like these help to make their stay in hospital a little easier to bear for the children,” explains José Luiz Setubal, Hospital Sabará Infantil. “Little things like this cheer them up and help the children to forget their pain and the treatment.”

You can experience the event on YouTube, also.