Girl creates teddy cover for IV drips to make hospital less scary for sick kids

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Girl creates teddy cover for IV drips to make hospital less scary for sick kids



Ella’s idea is very clever (Picture: Medi Teddy)Going to hospital can be scary for anyone, but particularly kids.
Ella Casano, 12, has had many hospital trips in her time as she has Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) – an autoimmune condition which means she has an unusually low level of platelets in her blood.
She had to have infusions every six to eight weeks – and she wasn’t a fan of the procedure.
Because of her experience, she wanted to do something to help other kids in hospital.
She created the Medi Teddy – a cute bag that covers the IV drip bag to make it less intimidating.

The Medi Teddy has a pouch at the back but hides the drip from the front (Picture: Medi Teddy)She said: ‘When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and a little bit intimidated by the look of the amount of tubing and medical equipment on my IV pole.
‘As I saw more and more children experiencing the same feelings, I became more interested in creating a friendlier experience for young IV patients, so I created Medi Teddy. I hope that Medi Teddy helps you just as much as it helps me!.’
On the back, there is a mesh section so doctors and nurses can still see how much is left inside the bag, but the front is just a soft, cuddly friend.
Ella made her first prototype by cutting up her own teddy and using a glue gun but now she wants to produce them for hospitals.
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Last weekend, she set up a GoFundMe page to donate 500 Medi Teddys to other children.
It’s already raised $17,002 – well over the $5,000 goal.
Go Ella!
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