'Teddy Clinic' Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids' Fear of Hospitals

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'Teddy Clinic' Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids' Fear of Hospitals
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'Teddy Clinic' Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids' Fear of Hospitals (ABC News)

Some German medical students have gone soft to help kids conquer their fear of doctors.

The students in Giessen, Germany, hosted a “Teddy Clinic” this week, dolling out free care to stuffed animals suffering from a range of imaginary illnesses.

The clinic aimed to ease anxiety among children, an estimated 90 percent of whom have fears about hospitals and doctors, according to a 2009 study. It also gave med students the chance to work with kids and save the day by bringing their plush pals back from the brink.

The doctors-in-training used a mix of real and fake medical instruments to diagnose and treat teddy bears, stuffed cats and other cuddly critters.

Some of the stuffed toys needed X-rays and CT scans.

Others needed make-believe medical consultations and pretend prescriptions.

One stuffed dragon needed an operation, giving his owner a chance to learn about sterility.

But once in a while, a simple bandage did the trick.

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