Andrea V. Watson
ROCKFORD — Pediatric patient Seve Stried is a lot less nervous these days when he receives routine infusions through an IV.
An interactive machine called the Southpaw Multisensory Bubble Rover helps calm and relax young patients like Seve during treatment. The machine can provide aromatherapy and play music, movies and more.
The machine became available last month, purchased with donations raised through the Mercyhealth Development Foundation’s 2019 Holiday Toy Drive. Seve was one of the first patients to test it.
This year, instead of a toy drive, hospital officials have organized the Mercyhealth Development Foundation Holiday Give a Gift Drive, scheduled for Thursday. Learn more: https://one.bidpal.net/giveagift2020/welcome.
“What they’re giving is truly for the patients,” said Jess Ehret, a child life specialist at Mercyhealth. “Whether it’s going to be an experience or an item, the pediatric…