A Girl With A Rare Disease Invented This Adorable Teddy Bear IV Bag Cover For Kids Getting Medical Treatments
This is such a sweet idea.
A young girl with a rare disease who has to endure repeated treatments in a medical center has set out to make the experience way more comfortable — and not just for herself, but for other children.
Twelve-year-old Ella Casano was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenia purura, a disease in which her body attacks the platelets in her blood. Doctors said hers is a very rare case of ITP because Ella didn’t grow out of it.
Ella has to receive treatments through an IV every other month in order to increase her body’s amount of platelets. She doesn’t like how medical and sterile things feel as she endures those treatments, and she noticed other children felt the same way. So Casano invented the “Medi Teddy.”
The Medi Teddy is a teddy bear cover to hang over an IV bag at the top of the metal pole from which it hangs. It hides the plastic and liquid with something more visually pleasing for children.
“When I had my first infusion, I was a little bit intimidated by the look of the amount of tubing and medical equipment on my IV pole,” Ella says on the website. “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.”
Here’s Ella at the hospital in 2015, as posted to the @medi_teddy Instagram.