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Bear essentials get a clean bill of health Isabel Keane (left) and Isobel Tiernan with medical student Sinead Brady at the hospital. Andrew Downes

Published 25/01/2013 | 05:00

SHE'S the daughter of one of the country's best known comedians but Isobel Tiernan (5) had no time for jokes when she had to bring her teddy to 'hospital' with a broken paw.

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The daughter of Tommy Tiernan was among hundreds of children who visited the Teddy Bear Hospital at NUI Galway to have bumps and bruises mended.

Isobel was anxious that Mopsy, her stuffed rabbit, undergo an X-ray after suffering a fall. "She has a broken paw so I have to give her medicine," said Isobel.

While the pupil at Scoil Seamus Naofa in Barna has sole responsibility for her Mopsy, she said it was daddy's job to look after their real rabbit, also called Mopsy.

Her friend, Isabel Keane (5), was also anxiously awaiting the outcome of an X-ray on her teddy bear, Rosetta.

Up to 1,500 teddy bears are expected to be treated at the Teddy Bear Hospital which continues today.

The event is organised by the Slainte Society, the NUI Galway branch of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, and up to 200 medical and science students diagnosed and treated the bears. In the process, they helped children feel more comfortable around doctors and hospitals.

Irish Independent

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