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Teddy Bear Clinic

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Nurse helping patient with teddy bear

Many children started the day off with concerned looks on their faces when they handed over their beloved animals at triage, radiology, IV, X-ray and surgical areas designed just for the miniature patients. In the corner of the room, a stuffed bear was placed in a mini X-ray machine before nurses wheeled it into “surgery.” The animal was attached to an IV pole and wore a mask for anesthesia.

Soon enough, the children's worried faces turned into smiles as they were reunited with their healthy teddy bears and on their way – with a feeling of accomplishment and a new perspective.

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As the only academic health care facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, Children’s Health℠ provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis.