A clever 12-year-old girl named Ella Casano came up with an idea to help young hospital patients like her feel more at ease during their stay.
Ella was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura at the age of 7. Ella’s blood doesn’t clod normally, and while the disease generally goes away with time, Ella never completely healed.
Because of this, Ella has to receive special treatment through an IV drip every 2 months. Each trip to get an IV treatment made Ella feel anxious, so she was determined to come up with a solution.
That’s when she invented the Medi Teddy. It’s a stuffed teddy bear that can fit over an IV bag so children wouldn’t havbe to look at the intimidating clear plastic bag filled with medication.
Ella said, “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.”
“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.”
Since Ella created a GoFundMe page with the help of her family, they raised over $20,000, which is more than their original goal. They are now trying to create a nonprofit organization around the invention so they can give them away to children in need, free of charge.