Monday 26 September 2016

All better now... TLC for hurt teddies

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

Ali Evans with ‘Rosie’, Abbie Connell with ‘Doc McStuffins’ and Niamh Heskin with ‘Ducky’. Photo: Andrew Downes
Ali Evans with ‘Rosie’, Abbie Connell with ‘Doc McStuffins’ and Niamh Heskin with ‘Ducky’. Photo: Andrew Downes
Lena Convoy (5) from Tullykyne NS brings her teddy, ‘Pink Panda’, to medical student Kate Rigney. Photo: Aengus McMahon

Falls from beds and tumbles down stairs seem to be a real problem for teddy bears.

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But they received treatment and were patched up as the 11th annual Teddy Bear Hospital took place at NUI, Galway, yesterday.

Close to 1,300 little charges brought their prized toys to be scanned, bandaged and made to feel better by a host of trainee doctors.

Saoirse Duane (4), from Newcastle National School in Athenry, attended with her teddy, Princess Celestia.

"She fell off the bed and hurt her legs when I was sleeping - she is getting an X-ray," she explained.

Eliza Dinneen (5) from Carnmore National School was worried for her teddy, Skippy, after too much affection led to injury, saying: "I was hugging him and twirling him around and he hurt his head on the wall."

The medics hope the visits will help children feel more comfortable around doctors and hospitals.

Irish Independent

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