The Make-A-Wish Foundation issued an apology today after it became clear that sending Bad News Barrett to visit a sick child in hospital had not been properly thought out.
“In hindsight, we realize it was not a good idea,” said Randall McPherson, a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Professional wrestlers have a long history of granting wishes for sick children through the foundation, and popular stars like John Cena have brightened the lives of hundreds of ill children.
But sending Bad News Barrett, a British pessimist who doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh realities of life, did not result in a happy occasion for nine-year-old Timmy Lawrence.
Barrett began the visit by pounding a gavel against the armrest of Timmy’s wheelchair, demanding decorum, and gruffly declaring: “I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.”
Barrett then spent the next 15 minutes outlining the harsh realities of Timmy’s prognosis, the enormous financial burden his hospitalization is putting on his parents, the unpleasant side-effects of his medication, and other pieces of unwelcome prognostication.
Barrett was eventually escorted out of the room when Timmy began crying.
To make it up to Timmy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation promised a visit from John Cena, but this only made the boy cry harder until the offer was changed to a visit from Daniel Bryan.
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