12-year-old girl with chronic illness invents cuddly teddy bear to hide IV bags

Photo: Medi Teddy

Restoring a little innocence and gaiety to the the atmosphere at infusion sessions was the goal of Ella Casano, a 12-year-old American girl, who came up with a very clever invention: Medi Teddy , a teddy bear that camouflages intravenous pockets.

Ella Casano was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called idiopathic parodiopathic thrombocytopenia.

This disease destroys platelets and increases the risk of injury and bleeding. To stay healthy, the girl must receive blood infusions every eight weeks – moment she dreaded above all else.

On the site of Medi Teddy, Ella confides:

“When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and a little intimidated by the amount of tubing (all the pipes) and medical equipment on my intravenous arch. Seeing more and more children experience the same feelings, I wondered how to create a more user-friendly experience for young patients on drip. So I created Medi Teddy. “

The idea is simple: hide the child’s infusion bag containing blood, blood derivatives or medicine and present instead the soft and tender look of a teddy bear.

Photo: Medi Teddy

A very simple idea to come up with, and it has proven to be very effective.

For her first copy, Ella herself made a stuffed animal, and the other children were immediately excited when they saw this and wanted one too.

The 12-year-old girl and her mother decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to allow another 500 young patients to benefit from a free Medi Teddy. A way to soften the distressing and uncomfortable sessions of treatment.

The goal of the campaign was to collect $ 5,000 to produce the Medi Teddy on a large scale, and the target has already been smashed. In less than ten days, more than $ 20,000 has already been collected, which should allow nearly 2,000 children to benefit from a reassuring Medi Teddy to accompany them during their infusions.

If you also wish to participate in the financing of Medi Teddy, go here!