Teddy Bears Got Emergency Treatment Saturday
Dozens of fluffy friends got sutured, x-rayed, casted and cared for, plus a checkup by Dr. Pete
As part of the annual Teddy Bear Clinic at Northern Westchester Hospital, the stuffed animals received a full work-up Saturday.
By performing routine medical tasks on the toys, such as inserting an IV or putting a cast on a “broken” limb, organizers said they hoped to introduce young children to the hospital in a friendly way.
“So many children fear going to the doctor or fear going to a hospital,” said Maria Simonetti, Director of Community Health Outreach at Northern Westchester Hospital. “This is a way to expose them to these things before an emergency.”
Some, more seriously injured teddy bears, were even stitched up by hospital nurses.
“He feels better,” said 6-year-old Alex Spector, holding up his brown bear and showing the cast wrapped around his arm.
Read full story in the Mt. Kisco Daily Voice
Photo credit: Matt Bultman
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