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Teddy hospital makes kids' fears easier to bear



OVER 1,300 children will bring their teddy bears to a special hospital where rookie doctors are giving them five-star treatment.

The seventh annual Teddy Bear Hospital in NUI Galway, which opened yesterday and concludes today, helps dispel some of the fears children may have about receiving medical treatment in hospitals or doctor's surgeries.

The event is run by the Slainte Society, made up of health sciences students at the Galway university.

Yesterday, doctors were run off their feet caring for the city's sick teddies.

Children such as Emma Richarson and Aisling Butler from Galway Educate Together National School brought along their teddies. Emma brought along Tinkerbell, who had broken one of her wings, while Aisling's teddy had a sore tummy.

The 'hospital' is being run by 200 volunteer student doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists. Children from all over Galway have been bringing their teddies to the special hospital.

John Fallon

Irish Independent