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Clown doctors bring levity to serious situations

Since 2004 15 clown doctors, inspired by the U.S. Doctor 'Patch' Adams, visit different hospitals throughout Slovenia 2-3 times a week, using laughter to help aid the recovery of young and elderly patients suffering from serious illness or injury.

Editor's note: Reuters made these pictures available to NBC News on Nov. 20.

Members of the Red Noses clown doctors on Nov. 7.Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters
'Doctor Obizek Cvilka' and 'Doctor Zena' perform at a home for the elderly in Ljubljana on Nov. 19.Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

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