Monday 21 April 2014

Doctors at the ready for sick teddies

From left: Isabelle Duffy with second-year Med Student Orla Hennessy and Tara Geraghty from Carnmore National School at Teddy Bear Hospital at NUI, Galway Photo:Andrew Downes.

AN UNDER-pressure hospital for sick teddy bears had a close call when it temporarily lost a patient.

'Paddy', owned by eight-year-old Tommy Sweeney, had been through the wars before he was misplaced while awaiting an MRI scan.

Tommy from Headford national school in Galway explained that Paddy was injured after being in a war.

"He was going for a scan and then we couldn't find him but he was under the table. The doctor said he needs medicine and no more wars," he explained.

The teddy was one of over 1,000 being treated at the makeshift hospital on the grounds of NUI, Galway.

Sprained teddy bears and broken-armed Barbies were all seen to and treated by the 200 medical and science students who were on hand to diagnose the ailments at the ninth annual Teddy Bear Hospital at the college.

Irish Independent

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