Medi Teddy is a cute cover for IV drip bags designed by a child who hoped her design would relieve the fear she and many other kids experience when undergoing intravenous procedures.
Sick kids have enough problems without having a scary IV fluid, blood or medication IV drip hanging over them – literally. One kid decided to do something about it and her solution is nothing short of brilliant!
Ella Casano is a 12-year-old American girl who suffers from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or “ITP” for short. Her condition requires her to visit an outpatient clinic every 8 weeks to receive an infusion of IVIG, a medication that helps boost her bloodstream's platelet count. The procedure takes all day, giving Emma plenty of time to contemplate her hopes and fears.
Speaking of the latter, the IV pole and its associated bags and tubing didn't exactly give Ella the warm & fuzzies. She couldn't help notice other children at the clinic seemed to feel the same way. “I became more interested in creating a friendlier experience for young IV patients,” explained Ella, “so I created Medi Teddy. I hope that Medi Teddy helps you just as much as it helps me!”
Wielding a scissors and a glue gun (under parental supervision) on one of her stuffed animal toys, Ella created a prototypical Medi Teddy and asked if she could use it on her next treatment at the clinic. The nurses thought Ella's idea was both charming and effective. What's more, the design allowed for unobstructed monitoring of fluid levels through the mesh backing while presenting a friendly, smiling face to patients.
Ella and her mother then took the next steps by (a) patenting her design, and (b) setting up a crowd-funding page at gofundme. The first round of funding will ensure that a minimum order of 500 Medi Teddys can be manufactured by the New England Toy Company. The entire initial batch will be then donated to children in Ella's position.
After that, well, the sky's the limit. We say this because at press time, Medi Teddy's modest funding goal of $5,000 has been surpassed by over 400 percent with nearly 600 contributors making donations in the first week alone! Not too shabby for a cartoon teddy bear cover designed by a very real (and really creative) child.