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Teddy Bear's Help Teach Children About Medical Procedures

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AnMed Health Medical Center held its 7th annual Teddy Bear Clinic Saturday morning. AnMed Health Medical Center held its 7th annual Teddy Bear Clinic Saturday morning.
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AnMed Health Medical Center held its 7th annual Teddy Bear Clinic Saturday morning.

About 300 children attended the event outside the AnMed Health Women's and Children's Hospital as they brought their Teddy Bears to get checked out by doctors, nurses and emergency responders. The children went from station-to-station to have their Teddy Bears go through a series of medical tests.

From checking their height, weight and blood pressure to receiving shots, experiencing physical therapy exercises, get x-rays and even have surgery performed upon them, the Teddy Bears were treated for more than just you common injuries and ailments. But it was the learning experience for the children that event organizers hope will benefit them in the future.

"The purpose of the Teddy Bear is for the children to have a stuffed animal when they come in and we can use that animal to do the pretend procedures on it," said AnMed Women's and Children's Director Hope Campbell. "It alleviates concerns and anxiety of the child."

The event is designed to help familiarize children ages 4 to 10 years old with hospital personnel and medical equipment so if they have to experience it in the future, they will feel comfortable knowing more about it thanks to their Teddy Bear.

"To see so many employees exposing the children to different departments and areas they can touch when they enter our system is very valuable," Campbell added.

Not only was it a learning experience for the children, it also served as a morning of fun. Children were able to look into an ambulance and see the equipment that first responders use, as well as go through a smokehouse that the firefighters utilize and meet firefighters and police officers.

The event is held every May during the second weekend of the month. Over 100 volunteers participated in Saturday's event.

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