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12-Year Old Invents Teddy Bear that Hides IV Bags

When she was 7 years old, Ella Casano was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, an autoimmune disorder. Her treatments require regular IV infusions. To a child of her age, the IV equipment was scary. So she invented a way to make it friendlier to children like her.

It's called Medi Teddy. This plush bear hangs on a standard IV pole in front of an IV bag, blocking it from sight. CNN talked to Ella's mother about her daughter's invention:

"So, she cut up a stuffed animal and used a hot glue gun and made her very first Medi Teddy," Casano said.
Seeing how delighted the nurses were with the idea, Ella and her mother started the process to patent, manufacture and distribute the invention they named Medi Teddy. [///]
The back side of the pouch is made of mesh so that nurses and doctors can see the status of the medicine the patient is receiving. Ella made several prototypes and gave them to her nurses to use for feedback on how to make it better.

-via Dave Reaboi | Photo: Medi Teddy


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