We are always taught to be kind to each other. But it’s usually the adults who do the teaching. This little girl is teaching everyone else how to have compassion and kindness with her invention. She designed an IV cover that looks like a teddy bear to help children who are in hospital.
Thousands of children across the world suffer from painful and often incurable diseases and illnesses. And a lot of the time, they have to be hooked up to an IV drip to administer medicine. This is pretty gross for anybody, but it’s even scarier for a child.
That’s why Ella created the Medi Teddy. It’s a friendly face for kids to look at, rather than a bag of blood fluids and drugs. What’s more, it is based on her own experiences.
“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,” she said. “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”
Ella has idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP), which destroys platelets in her blood. The disease is incurable but can be treated with regular hospital visits. As you can imagine, Ella has already seen her fair share of IV drips. It’s no wonder she wanted a friendly teddy face.
Medi Teddy Goals
“I hope that Medi Teddy helps you just as much as it helps me.”
The teddy is cleverly designed so it doesn’t interfere with the medication or the doctors’ work. Ella has set up a GoFundMe to get the invention off the ground. She hopes to donate the first 500 of the Medi Teddy IV covers when her goal is reached.
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