Steel yourself, because this story is going to make you cry. But not in the "Oh god, what is the world coming to?"-sort of way we usually cry — it'll make you cry because it is happy and sad in equal parts.
A little girl named Ella Casano was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura, otherwise known ITP. That's the sad part. But what's happy about this story is that what she's doing with that diagnosis is actually very sweet and thoughtful and maybe even kind of inspirational?
Since her condition forces her to regularly go to the hospital, Ella saw a lot of IV bags dangling over her, looking all bleak and intimidating. So she decided to cover them up with joy.
Ella invented the Medi Teddy, a cute little teddy bear who can cover up the IV bags. And since she figured IV bags and other medical equipment were probably freaking out other kids, she's working to mass-produce Medi Teddys.
Millions of children go to the hospital each year.The Connecticut Hospital Association suggests that 3 million kids a year are hospitalized. It's sad every time, and just feels... off. Because hospitals aren't where kids belong.
Where do kids belong?Kids belong either outside, runnin' all around and getting dizzy, or in the living room, playing video games and getting the controllers all sticky. Maybe the bank, if their mom or dad doesn't have anywhere to drop them off.
Children's hospitals do a great job of making visits less scary.And pediatricians do that mostly by humoring kids and putting their stethoscopes up to whatever nonsense toy they bring along with them. And god bless them for doing that — I know I wouldn't have the patience to take the heartbeat of a GI Joe.
But for kids, the hospital experience is almost always scary.I know this because I got my tonsils out when I was, I don't know, seven, and I knew I'd get endless ice cream and Game Boy games afterward. But I was still terrified.
All that medical equipment sitting around doesn't help.Between all the computer screens and defibrillators and MRI machines and EKGs and IV bag drips, it's hard for kids not to think they're always one bad cough away from becoming a medical experiment.
There has to be a way to hide it all.
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