"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." Ella Casano knew how scary it was to be in the hospital and found an apt solution for all the kids who were in fear and pain from chronic illnesses.
It is not unusual to see kids wailing in distress in hospitals. They are often intimidated and scared of the needles and vaccinations. It is undeniable that even some adults would identify with the needle terror. However, not every one of us has a solution to this problem. A creative 12-year-old girl, on the other hand, tried to find the perfect solution to this problem. Her unique creation is just meant to make the lives of her young pediatric patients better.
According to ABC News, Ella Casano developed an IV pouch called the Medi Teddy that could make the IV look less intimidating to little kids who were subjected to it. The little girl from Connecticut, who drew inspiration from her own life, looks forward to helping kids with her invention.
Ella suffers from an incurable condition known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, also called ITP. The condition that kills the platelets in the blood requires the young girl to take IV every eight weeks. Ella remembers the first time she was introduced to IVs. "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," said Ella on her website quoted ABC News.
When the little girl noticed a lot of kids facing the same fear as hers, she decided to do something that would make the IV look a lot more friendly. Determined to find a solution to deal with this common fear, she invented the Medi Teddy, a cute teddy bear with a pouch into which the IV bag can be slid. 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. I hope that Medi Teddy helps you just as much as it helps me!" Ella posted on her website.
The young girl has already patented the stuffed animal. However, she requires capital to produce a minimum of 500 units. To help her dream become a reality, Ella's family started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5,000 dollars. People who viewed the post on the GoFund Me page were taken aback by the young girl's determination and concern for other kids like her. People including patients of chronic illness and medical practitioners commented on the post and appreciated the young lady's efforts.
"I love this idea as a nurse it's amazing and anything that takes the stress of children in hospital needs support and backing," commented Robyn Verrall on the post. "Children have the best idea! As a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, I see brave children and families go through extraordinary things every day. This simple and wonderful idea could help make a child's hospital experience a little less frightening, and that is an investment that is priceless," said another person.
Once Ella receives enough money to make all Medi Teddy bears, she hopes to distribute it among kids of similar age undergoing similar treatments in different hospitals.