FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTHR) — Getting frequent treatments in a hospital is tough on any kid, but seeing all the fluids, tubes and equipment hooked up to a small body can be even more daunting. That's why a 12-year-old girl created something that makes treatment a little bit easier for kids like her.
Ella Casano has a condition called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). It's an autoimmune disease that causes her body to destroy its own blood platelets.
To help keep her healthy, she gets infusions every eight weeks. She said she was "surprised and a little bit intimidated" by all the equipment on her IV pole, so she created a way to make the whole experience a little easier to handle: the Medi Teddy.
It's a teddy bear that is soft and cuddly in the front, with a back mesh pocket that allows doctors to access the bag of medication, blood or fluid going into the patient's veins.
Ella has patented the stuffed animal and already has prototypes for it, but she needs a minimum of 500 units before the first order can go out.
To help raise money for the venture, donate to the GoFundMe campaign.
According to the GoFundMe page, Ella's family is in the process of applying Medi Teddy to get IRS approval to become a 501(c)3. Once all the bears are made, Ella plans to give them away to children going through treatment in hospitals.