(Huffington Post) – This girl’s fight with cancer pushed her to invent a life-changing device.
Kylie Simonds, from Naugatuck, Connecticut, understands what the struggle with cancer entails. The 11-year-old says she remembers struggling to walk around with IV poles, after she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma – a connective tissue cancer – three years ago, according to WTNH. That’s why she invented a pediatric IV backpack: a wearable, portable IV machine for kids receiving chemotherapy or transfusions. The bag even comes in colorful designs.
“It was hard to walk around, and I always had to have someone push it for me because I was … weak when I was in chemo,” she told WTNH of her old IV poles. She said that her IV backpacks “are very light and … more convenient” in comparison.
Though the invention could serve the needs of many cancer patients, Kylie had two good friends in mind when coming up with the concept: Marik and Brooke, whom she met at hospital during her treatment, according to WTNH.
“Marik, he has a prosthetic leg and … he has crutches and he always has to have someone push it for him but if he had something like that he could just slip it on,” Kylie told the outlet. And Brooke, “had to sometimes go home with it and she had to stay overnight in the hospital, so I think she would have really liked something like this.”