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IV Backpack for Kids on Chemo Invented by 11-Year-Old Girl

By    |   Friday, 26 Sep 2014 08:53 AM

An IV backpack prototype for children with cancer is winning an 11-year-old girl from Connecticut praise as she raises money online and considers companies to help make her idea a reality.

Kylie Simonds, of Naugatuck, told ABC News Radio she came up with the idea after receiving treatment for chemotherapy from cancer a year ago and dealing with a large IV pack.

"I remember tripping over all the wires, getting tangled up and having to drag this big thing around," said Simonds, who took chemotherapy and radiation treatments and surgeries to beat rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer she was diagnosed at age 8. "I would have loved this thing for myself."

The prototype includes a drip bag protection cage so children can move around without fearing they will puncture the medicine bag and an IV controller built into the bag to control the bag's flow rate.

The IV backpack idea started originally as a class assignment, which eventually led to it being submitted to the Connecticut Invention Convention, according to the New York Daily News. The idea captured four awards, including the Patent Award that covers the costs for the invention being submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

"The bag would have all the medicine that you needed for chemotherapy and this would be the drip and it would go through the machine on the front and you just put it on and you can walk around with it," Simonds told WTNH-TV in August after winning the convention awards.

Simonds has raised more than $48,600 from more than 1,100 donors since July on her GoFundMe.com page.

"I worked with my mom and dad to actually make it and my nurses and doctors gave me some tips," Simonds told ABC News Radio. "They were saying it has to be light and portable and there has to be something that protects it if you sit back, so I thought of the metal cage that protects it."

Simonds said even though the prototype has a "Hello Kitty" design, the backpacks could be customized for boys and girls.

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