Brace for cuteness overload - Teddy Bear Hospital at the University of Limerick

(David Maher, aged 5, with his teddy. Picture: Sean Curtin)

O.M.G.

This is possibly just too much cute for one person to take.

Oveer 400 primary school kids - and their teddy bears - converged on the University of Limerick today for UL medical school's second annual 'Teddy Bears' Hospital'.

(Medical student Manisha Manhas checks Ashrahim Zakaria's bear's blood pressure. Picture: Sean Curtin)

The aim of the event, organised by five medical school students with a particular interest in childhood medicine, "is to alleviate childhood anxiety about the medical environment, its procedures and the professionals that work within it," according to UL.

(David Maher, Juliette Murphy and Olivia Flannery, all 5. Picture: Sean Curtin)

"This is our second annual Teddy Bear Hospital at UL," organiser Melissa Shack said.

"The idea of the event remains the same, primary school students bring their teddy bear which then plays the role of the patient for the day."

(Bill Chan, 5, gets his teddy checked out. Picture: Sean Curtin)

"This visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital provides the children with an opportunity to interact with and assist in a range of simulated healthcare settings, while also allowing them to learn about healthy habits, like the importance of eating well and exercise."

Over 100 first- and second-year medical students took part in the event, which saw 10 medical stations set up in the University Arena focusing on activities including: Triage; Stethoscopes; Vital Signs; X-ray; Exercise; Surgery, Gowning; Asthma; Safety; First Aid, Ear Nose and Throat and Healthy Eating.

Check out the video below:

Teddy Bear Hospital UL from Sean Curtin on Vimeo.

By Conor Hallahan
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