JOPLIN, Mo. – A young woman fighting a terminal illness is on a mission to help others with Medi Teddies.
Mali House, of Galena, Kansas, has an illness that causes severe seizures. She’s spent a lot of time in the hospital getting intravenous (IV) fluids or medications. Needles and IVs can be intimidating. So having the fear of needles herself, Mali wants to help ease the situation for others. She’s doing this by donating Medi Teddies.
A Medi Teddy has a plastic bear to hide the IV bag and a plush bear that children can hold. The hope is to provide comfort to patients and help distract them.
Mali delivered some of them to Freeman Health System today. Her goal is to deliver them to several hospitals in the Midwest.
She also donated Medi Teddies to local police departments and highway patrol offices.
More about the Medi Teddies
Ella Casano invented the Medi Teddy in 2019 when she was just 12-years-old. According to Freeman, Ella is afraid of IVs and undergoes an IV transfusion every six to eight weeks for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). She invented the Medi Teddy to make IVs less intimidating for others like her.
You can donate to the Medi Teddy organization here: https://medi-teddy.networkforgood.com/.
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