Girl with rare disease creates teddy bears to hide spooky drops

A young American girl overcame her fear of these solution containers in a simple and fun way: she attached it to a teddy bear. The invention is called Medi Teddy.

This is a plush that can hide the front of an IV container. In turn, this teddy bear hides a container filled with mysterious liquids, and the little one can stare at the toy’s smiling face instead.

Ella Casano, now 12, was diagnosed when she was 7, requiring her to undergo a blood transfusion every eight weeks in hospital.

“When I had my first transfusion, I was surprised and a bit scared by the number of tubes and medical equipment in the room. »

Girl with rare disease creates teddy bears to hide spooky drops

“As I saw more and more little ones having the same feelings, I became more interested in creating a more positive experience for young IV patients, which is why I created Medi Teddy,” Ella writes.

The girl’s creativity surprised the hospital staff. They were impressed with the idea and motivated her and her mother to create more teddy bears.

Girl with rare disease creates teddy bears to hide spooky drops

Thanks to donations from hundreds of people through GoFundMe, Ella and her mom received the amount needed to make more teddy bears and donate them to little ones in need.

“This is a photo of the original sketch of our first Medi Teddy prototype. I described to my mother what I wanted the bear to look like and she drew it. »

Girl with rare disease creates teddy bears to hide spooky drops

“Then we sent the drawing to our manufacturer, who made our first prototype from it! Of course, the design elements have changed since then, but it’s interesting to see where we started. Medi Teddy and the logo are registered trademarks,” Ella wrote on the Medi Teddy website.

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