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Teddy Clinic treats more than bears

​BC Children’s Hospital child life specialists held a Teddy Bear Clinic for kids and their favourite stuffies recently in the Teck Acute Care Centre.
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Dozens of children brought their favourite bear and became part of the care team while their stuffies had x-rays, bandaging, ultrasounds, physio, an ECG, pet therapy, music therapy and more. 

“This is awesome,” said Carter as he measured his bear and ran to the next clinic station.

“The Teddy Bear Clinic is about allowing kids to see the procedures they may be expecting – in a fun and playful way,” says Mary MacKillop, director of Patient Experience. 

Sisters Charlotte and Bailey tested out giving their stuffie, Lulu, an MRI. 

Six-year-old Hudson watched the bandaging of his bear closely and seven-year-old Sophia checked on the weight of her bear, Heartie.

"This is my second Teddy Bear Clinic,” says Child Life Specialist Nicki Elishcher. “I think it’s a real highlight of the year. It keeps things light-hearted and fun.”

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