Take a look at this wonderful photo from the Transplant Unit of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. We are so grateful for all the hard work they do and provide. We are very glad to have our guts lend a small hand in the care of these children! 
I Heart Guts, Surgery, Surgeon

"Surgery is extremely stressful for anyone; however, preparing a child for surgery is done differently than for adults and has its own unique challenges. Studies show that puppets or toys are useful in this regard to explain and to demonstrate to children what will happen in a medical procedure. They provide a diversion, create a playful setting and help the nurse gain the child’s trust. Staff at the Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh pose with some bodily buddies before handing them off to post-op kiddos."

"For a child that is getting a liver transplant, an appendectomy or kidney surgery, a little plush buddy to take into the OR is just what the doctor (or nurse) ordered! The toys can help nurses educate a child about the part of his or her body we are fixing, and they are also something special that the child can take home with them: a silly and unique reminder of their time in the operating room at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh."

“We have received the organs and it was like Christmas morning for the transplant team.” - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Maybe not transplantable organs, but we hope The Guts bring lots of joy to the kids awaiting organ donations this holiday season!

IMG_5582The I Heart Guts online store now has cheaper shipping options for domestic and international orders, hooray! Many of our customers wrote in to complain that shipping cost way too much, and we have added first class service for domestic packages under 13 oz and more affordable shipping choices for some of our international friends. So next time you order, you get to pick whether you want a low price or faster service (though we still don't do express or overnight, sorry!).
Super interesting stuff from OR nurse Erin Radvansky: "Surgery is a scary prospect; especially for the young patients at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Located in Lawrenceville, PA, our hospital is one of the largest in the nation. The operating room sees thousands of patients a year and the task of preparing children for medical and surgical procedures is a great one. Studies show (Iadarola, G. (1984) Surgery Made Less Scary for Children AORN Journal and Halverson-Carpenter, K. (1998) Developing a pediatric patient/parent hospital preparation program AORN Journal) that puppets or toys can be useful to explain to children what will happen in a medical procedure. They provide a diversion, create a playful setting and help the nurse gain the child's trust. This prompted me to search around for appropriate teaching tools for children having surgery and I found I Heart Guts, home to snuggly body parts. This website provides perfect cuddly guts perfect for pediatric patients. A smiling stuffed liver or appendix changes the organ in the child's mind from a frightening unknown into a nonthreatening toy. For a child that is getting a liver transplant, an appendectomy or kidney surgery, a little plush buddy is just what the doctor (or nurse) ordered!" Thanks, Erin, for the links to these fascinating studies!