Brave patients grin and bear it for owners
Teddy bears with coughs and colds, missing ears or a broken nose were all given the best of care yesterday at the annual Teddy Bears Hospital at NUI Galway.
About 1,300 patients and their little owners from 25 local primary schools allowed a team of 200 student doctors to treat them at the 13th annual event. After X-rays, MRIs and lots of bandages, they were all patched up and sent home with fruit.
Roísín Silke (5), from Corrandulla National School, brought her Hello Kitty after a nose bleed, adding: "She was very brave and not scared."
Marwan Ennaoui (5), from Oughterard National School, brought Fluffy, explaining: "He broke his head and his nose. It wasn't me, he fell off a chair. But the doctor gave him a plaster."