A little girl created a plush so she wouldn’t be afraid of infusions anymore.


The hospital is often a scary place to be when you are a child. Infusions are, among other things, part of what can be most intimidating. A young American girl named Ella has found a solution to this problem: Medi Teddy, a teddy bear that can be attached to the stem.

Ella can share her experience. At age 7, the girl was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic Purpura, a disease that destroys platelets and increases the risk of injury and bleeding. As a result, she must have a blood infusion every eight weeks in the hospital.

Photo credit: Ella Casano

As Ella points out on her website: “When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and a little intimidated by the appearance of the size of the infusion’s hose and medical equipment. As more and more children experience the same feelings, I became interested in creating a more user-friendly experience for young patients on infusion. So I created Medi Teddy. I hope Medi Teddy will help you as much as he helps me! ».

Photo credit: Ella Casano

It was by hiding the infusion bag in a teddy bear that she managed to overcome her fear. The enthusiasm of the medical profession for this invention and their advice on how to improve it have totally won the mother and daughter over to create new ones.

“The purpose of the Medi Teddy is to hide the infusion bag containing blood, blood derivatives or medication from the child and instead present him with a friendly face to look at” Meg Casano explained to the BBC.

This invention, which will undoubtedly be used by many children in the future, is not yet available on the market. The mother and Ella, now 12 years old, launched a fundraising campaign last Sunday to finance the production of 500 teddy bears.

The $5,000 they hoped to raise to offer them to hospitalized children has already been exceeded, the prize pool has now reached nearly $12,000! This is enough to make many children happy.

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