Man's simple invention may soon make many children's lives easier - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/10

Man's simple invention may soon make many children's lives easier

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A man's invention simply to make life easier for his grand-daughter May bring smiles to children everywhere facing the same situation.  After a bone marrow transplant for leukemia two years ago, five year old Autumn Lawrence needed round the clock iv therapy, which means being tied to a pole which holds all the fluids that are tied to her.

"So literally out of frustration one afternoon I built the buggy in my garage," said Ralph Lawrence, Autumn's grandpa.

Ralph's buggy was actually a shopping cart that he converted to something that could carry an IV pole, along with plenty of room for all autumn's toys in the cart. 

"She was now able to get around, have her toys, and just changed her quality of life," said Carlene Lawrence, Autumn's mother.

It was an idea that took Autumn's grandfather to the bio-medical department at that hospital to make sure the IV buggy met with infection control standards and now, he has the patent for what he calls the "Move Around IV Buggy".

So far, the Hasbro Pediatric Unit at Rhode Island Hospital  is the first to give the buggy a trial run, but this simple invention may become widespread at children's hospitals as the word spreads.

"We love it.  We love it, and we wanna trial more and we're happy to have it here," said Marianne Cooney, with Hasbro's Children's Hospital.

While Hasbro continues to give these buggies a test run, Grandpa Ralph has a website where hospitals, clinics, and patients can learn more about and even purchase the IV buggies, which cost about $350.  For more information please go to www.ivbuggy.com.

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