Teddy Bears For Open Heart Surgery Patients?

I was just surfing the Internet when I came across a furry teddy bear designed for… Yes, you guessed it…. Recovering open heart surgery patients.

After rubbing my eyes (and shaking my head a bit), I then noticed the teddy bear had a little zipper on his chest that opened to reveal a stitched heart.

Mended Heart Teddy Bear

On one hand, I thought, “Seriously? That can’t be real.” Then, when I noticed the price tag, I knew for sure this fluffy creature was definitely very real. 🙂

It turns out that the Mended Heart Bear is part of a line of get-well bears from Bummer Bears. This company makes teddy bears for patients recovering from broken bones, appendix removals and heart surgery.

What will they think of next?

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick

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  • Kathy J

    That’s a way cuter bear than what I got to hold onto during my recovery in the hospital. My bear is called a “Cough Buddy” and he’s a cleverly designed stent for patients to use during recovery from open heart surgery, chest surgery or abdominal surgery. I may have to have one of those “Mended Heart bears”. My bear did get comments from people when I brought him with me to my first doctor appointments after my surgery!

  • Eva Villalobos

    Can tricuspid valves be as easily repaired as mitral valves?

  • Fran Zilko

    I love my big heart pillow I got for free from the Cleveland Clinic. It says “wishing you a quick recovery”. It now sits on my bed with the unprinted side showing.

  • Dan Brown

    I got a bear from the hospital after my surgery. It’s purpose was to hug when I wanted to cough or sneeze to lessen the pain from the incision. I used that bear quite a bit during the first

  • Barry Gordon

    Probably work just fine as a replacement for the big heart pillow that is used (hugged) after suregery to assist in coughing spasms.

  • Shelby

    Thank you for this post. My niece (just 4 yrs old) is going in for open heart surgery Monday morning & I wanted to buy her something special (:

  • Tammy Hensley

    Where can I find one of these bears? My Daughter will be having open heart surgery in March,and I think she will like this.

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