Teddy Bears For Open Heart Surgery Patients?

By Adam Pick on May 8, 2010

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


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.


Kathy J says on May 8th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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 says on May 8th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Can tricuspid valves be as easily repaired as mitral valves?



Fran Zilko says on May 8th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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 says on May 8th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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 says on May 8th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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



Shelby says on November 13th, 2012 at 10:17 am

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 says on February 7th, 2014 at 8:50 pm

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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