Ella Casano is from Connecticut and was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) when she was just seven years old. As a result, Ella has had several infusions; every six to eight weeks.
Ella spoke out about her experience on her webpage expressing intimidation and fear with the amount of medical equipment on her IV pole.
As a result, the Medi Teddy was Born!
Ella made one herself at first by cutting out the stuffing in a Teddy to make room for and to hide the IV bag. After several conversations with Doctors and Nurses on how to make the Medi Teddy better- Ella found a manufacture and started a non-profit company.
According to her website, the back of the Medi Teddy is mesh, “allowing for a doctor or nurse to see through and check on the fluid or medication a child is receiving. From the front, the child sees a friendly face and not the bag of medication, blood product or IV fluid being infused.”
Ella, with the help of her family has launched a GoFundMe to raise $5000 so that she can order her first 500 units to than distribute to kids in hospitals.
Happy to announce that Ella has raised almost $20,000!