Girl fighting rare disorder invents teddy bears to hide IV bags, reduce anxiety for children
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A 12-year-old girl from Connecticut is on a mission to make life a little easier for pediatric patients.
Ella Casano started a GoFundMe to raise money so she could make the Medi Teddy. The Medi Teddy is a stuffed animal pouch to help conceal bags of IV medication or blood products from pediatric patients, helping them get better and feel comfortable.
Ella herself has to have IVs every 8 weeks. According to her website, she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura or, “ITP”. It destroys the platelets in her blood.
The minimum order from the New England Toy Company is 500 units, and Ella needed to raise $5,000 dollars. She managed to raise $5,110 in three days!
People commenting on the GoFundMe praise the idea, saying the bear would be beneficial for children who have to undergo treatment at hospitals and medical facilities.
“You have an amazing heart young lady and are going to do amazing things!! ”
“This is so thoughtful. I have a chronic illness and it’s hard as an adult I can’t imagine what it must be like for a kid. Anything that makes a kids experience with treatment easier is worth doing in my book.”