Detroit Hadassah Doll Project Helps To Ease Anxiety Of Young Patients

Thanks to the generosity of the Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women’s organization, many of Children’s Hospital of Michigan patients get to “play doctor” with medical play dolls during their hospital stays. Eleanor Smith, a member and volunteer of the organization, recently stopped by Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation offices to drop off the club’s recent batch of donations: hundreds of the handmade dolls.

Kids make believe they’re the dolls’ physicians and perform some of the same procedures on the dolls that are being done to them.  Staff members use the dolls to explain medical procedures to the kids and answer their questions.  The dolls help to clear up any misconceptions kids may have and ease their anxiety.

Hadassah member volunteers make the 15-inch-tall stuffed dolls out of muslin and dress them in doll-sizes hospital gowns.  The skin tone of the dolls comes in 5 different shades and the faces are left intentionally blank so kids can use magic markers to draw features themselves. And when the children go home, the dolls go along.

~Scott T.

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