A 12-year-old girl from Connecticut is using her own experience with the IV to help other children undergo treatments with a more friendly face. She is healthy, who has an autoimmune disease, covers intravenous injections with a teddy bear and now wants to donate her “stuffed bag ” called Medi Teddy to young patients.
Pisano was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (PTI) when he was seven years old, according to his business website. According to the Mayo clinic, PTI occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys platelets, which are fragments of cells that help coagulate the blood. Because you have a high risk of bleeding or injury, you need to receive treatment every eight weeks while you are using an intravenous injection. He took his first and dreaded encounters with intravenous injections as inspiration for Medi Teddy.
“When I had my first infusion, I was surprised and intimidated a bit the appearance of the number of tubes and medical equipment in my intravenous pole,” he said on his website. “When I saw more and more children experiencing the same feelings, I was more interested in creating a more friendly experience for young patients with IV, so I created Medi Teddy .”
The back of the bag allows a doctor or nurse to see and control the medication a child receives. But on the front, the child only sees a teddy bear, and not a medical bag with medicine, blood or fluid that is infusing.
Pisano launched a GoFundMe on Sunday hoping to collect $5.000 to launch Medi Teddy and give away 500 from animal bags to children in hospitals. At the online fundraising site, she said that she has a patent for her bags and had filed an application to make Medi Teddy a non-profit organization.
In less than a few days, donations have spilled and doubled the amount, raising a little more than $11.000 from Friday.
CBS News approached the mother of Pisano, Meg, for more information.
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