12-year-old girl with autoimmune disease invents teddy bear to hide IV bag

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTVO) — A 12-year-old girl created a teddy bear to help hide her IV bags, during frequent hospital stays to treat her autoimmune disease.

According to WTHR, Ella Casano suffers from Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), which causes her body to destroy its own blood platelets.

Ella must receive infusions every eight weeks. She told WTHR that she was “surprised and a little bit intimidated” by all the equipment on her IV pole, so she created the Medi Teddy to make the experience easier to handle.

Ella already has the bear patented and has prototypes constructed. She started a GoFundMe, because she needs a minimum of 500 orders before she can ship the first bear.

Once the bears are made, Ella plans to donate them to children in treatment at hospitals. According to the GoFundMe, her family is applying to get Medi Teddy approved as a non-profit.

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