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Simona Koncytė

Our Pocket Hero

Production and adaptation of special clothing for children who must carry medical devices, according to their needs. Clothing will help children to better integrate into society, enhance freedom of movement, and safe carrying of devices.

Problem

An insulin pump is one of the most effective ways of managing 1 type of diabetes. This illness is still incurable, and children have it, for the rest of their lives. Carrying this life companion device - and insulin pump kids face the challenge of free movement. In Lithuania, there are a bit more than 1000 diagnosed with type 1 diabetes children of age 2-14, and around 542,000 in the rest of the world. These numbers are growing every year by 10 - 13 %. There are no adapted or specialized clothes currently in the market, and children face additional challenges. Their free movement becomes limited, they have fewer leisure opportunities. If they carry the pumps in special belts, the devices are visible and needless to say that questions are received from other kids. Parents often are worried if they will not face additional costs if the device breaks. If this happens the health risk also increases.

Solution

Our Pocket Hero created innovative and comfortable clothes, particularly designed for children who wear an insulin pump. Special pockets ensure safe carrying of the insulin pump and more freedom of movement. Thanks to these pockets the device is integrated inside and is not visible. By wearing these products children experience an easier integration into society, they do not need an extra place for their insulin pump, it makes them feel more like their peers, and have a better quality of life.

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