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Biohazard Bounty "I got this uterus plush for my mom as a 'get well' present while she was in the hospital after her hysterectomy. I work in the OR so I brought it up in a biohazard bag and told her I found something in the lab that might belong to her. She and her nurses loved it! Thank you for helping me brighten her spirits!" - Amber

Laughter Helps "My friend had to have a kidney removed and so I gave her a kidney pillow to hug in case she missed the one that was removed (yes, I’m that friend) and she loved it (even after she was off the dilaudid)! It’s soft, well made and the whole line of these products are hilarious! Laughter helps with difficult times (along with love, support and sarcasm) and even her urologist thought it was great!" - Melissa C.

Bob the Bladder "My father-in-law just began treatment for bladder cancer. He lives in a different state so there isn't much support we can offer but wanted to show him that we were thinking of him. We had the adorable little stuffed bladder sent with a card that said 'Urine Our Thoughts'. It was a HUGE hit. The family cried from laughing so hard. My father-in-law now takes his bladder, named Bob, to the hospital for weekly treatments." - K. G.

Eyeball Brawl "I got the eyeball plush as a secret gift swap for my work Christmas party. I work at an optometrist office. Two of the doctors were fighting over this. It is really cute and a good size." - Victoria

Educational Aid "I gave this pancreas pillow to my dad before his second surgery for pancreatitis. In addition to being a great comfort during the first couple days after his surgery, it was useful as an educational aid. Before the surgery, the doctor was able to explain which parts of the pancreas were to be removed by pointing out areas on the plush. This plush was such a hit, the hospital is considering an order of more pancreas plushes for its patients!" - Lauren C.

Great for Medical Geeks "I am a pathology resident, and this placenta plush is a hit in our call room! Even the attendings thought it was really funny and cute. It's super soft and well made to boot. A great gift for medical/obgyn geeks, though I can't vouch for it as an appropriate baby shower gag gift." - Lora B.

No Stomach, But Sense of Humor Still Intact “I purchased two of your plush stomachs to give to my 27 and 29 year old ‘kids’ this Christmas, and I can’t thank you enough for the delight your product brought to all three of us! My kids had their real stomachs surgically removed, every single cell, in 2009 and 2012, to cure them of the hereditary cancer which took their father in early 2009. You helped bring joy back to our family, and I am truly grateful.” Cindy C.

Future Doctor “I am 10 years old. Your products are amazing in 7 hundred billion ways! First of all, I love studying the human body organs and such. I might want to be a doctor when I grow up. Some of my friends say organs are gross, but I just ignore them, they don’t know the true awesomeness of organs. Your cartoony guts with cute little faces make learning the organs so much fun! I have a couple of your plush organs. I’m trying to collect them all like they are Pokemon cards or something…weird. I know some people have plush dogs or bears, but I have A PLUSH SPLEEN!!!!” Michael

Brain Happiness “I’m a psychiatric nurse and wanted to tell you that your little brain button came in handy yesterday. I now wear the pin on my badge and was able to successfully de-escalate a very angry and potentially aggressive patient by simply showing her the pin that said “All You Need is Lobe.” Her face immediately changed from a look of wanting to kill me to a huge toothy smile. I just thought that you should know that your art yesterday really helped someone who is having a hard time. I think that is so important and you should be proud.” -J.

Popped Stitches "Got this stuffed uterus as a gift for a friend who had a hysterectomy. She absolutely loved it. Even carries at around the whole time she was on 'bed rest'. Be careful though, she almost popped her stitches laughing when she opened it!" - Z.

Tear Jerker “My son had a brain tumor removed yesterday which had left him basically blind. My daughter bought him the eyeball and we just gave it to him this morning. He just loves it and we are praying for the recovery of his vision. In the meantime he is squeezing his party pupil and it is keeping him company in his hospital bed. Thank you so much for your wonderful creations. We had a great time studying them at the hospital gift shop yesterday.” UPDATE: “I wanted to let you know that we are doing much better. My son has regained his vision and is able to drive again. He will have a follow up MRI in a couple weeks to see about the last 5% of the tumor remaining -- they may do radiation therapy. If all is well he will start looking for a new job. Throughout my son’s ordeal, the eyeball became his mascot -- he’s 26 and still loves plush toys! It’s on our family room couch and still makes me smile.  It became a great rallying point for us all.”  – Sue T.

Cuddly Intestine "My younger sister recently had her large intestine removed and has been feeling down in the dumps (pun). I was so excited to come across your site and see how easy it was for me to order her a new one! The best part is yours is much more cuddly and healthier for her, so I ordered immediately. Now when she's feeling kind of crappy (pun) she can take it with her where ever she goes. I can't wait for it to surprise her in the mail! This has to be one of the best gifts I've ever bought."  --Melissa G.

Return of the Thyroid "I purchased a thyroid plush for a coworker who has been down lately. She hasn't had a thyroid in years, but she's been struggling with depression and I thought maybe it would be nice for her to have one again. I left him on her desk this morning before she came in. When she arrived and saw him, she cried. I can think of no better compliment to your company. It seems like such a small gesture, but so many of us are missing pieces and the chance to get it back in any way is wonderful. Thank you for your products... You made not only my day, but my friend's too."  - Angela L.

Practitioner Presents “I love your guts! I have given the stomach to my GI doc, the pancreas to my primary doc, the kidney will be going to my nephrologist, and I have the brain, first, because I'm a psych grad, and, second, because I survived a major traumatic brain injury!  I'm here to order the lungs for my pulmonologist, too! The docs really love these! And so do I!” Stephanie G.

Coughing Colon "I have been living with Crohn's Disease for 12 years now. Just last month I had my second surgery to remove more of my intestines. My best friend came to the hospital with a new set of intestines for me. Not only was it incredibly hilarious but it was also helpful too. The intestine pillow works amazing as a post operative cough pillow to hold tight to your abdomen. During my month long stay in the hospital I showed off my pillow to all of the staff and they loved it." - Krystal B.

Testicle Memorial “My friend had a testicle removed last week, so I got him the testes lapel pin.  I think it will cheer him up.  Less of a replacement, more of a memorial to Lefty.  I have to give you a special thank you for creating these super perfect gifts.” Shannon S.

The Period Talk "Bought this plush uterus as an icebreaker to have the period talk with a little girl. It is very cute, soft and fuzzy. She loves it. The little booklet that came with it is also cute, listing the character's personal details, such as her hobby of 'cycling' illustrated with a little bike-riding uterus." - alldenmik

Cancer Comfort "I received the skin plush as a gift after being treated for melanoma. It is perfect! Not only is it adorable, and a funny way to comfort someone dealing with cancer, but as a healthcare professional I absolutely love it. Hair shaft, sebaceous glands, Merkel's - it's all there. The quality of the plush is fantastic, and who wouldn't enjoy cuddling up to skin this lovely?" - Ari B.

Larry the Liver "My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer almost two years ago and it spread to her liver. When I asked her what she wanted for Christmas, she answered, "a liver." Though I know she meant it jokingly, I decided I would get her exactly that. The liver plush is really cute, soft, and definitely brings a smile to my mom's face. She even took it with her on a doctor's appointment and got a laugh out of her oncologist. I would definitely recommend this product to others going through a similar situation, for laughter is the best medicine. Oh, and we ended up naming him 'Larry The Liver' :p" - Victoria M.

Mind at Ease "We received this kidney toy as a gift because my daughter needed a nephrectomy. She is only 4 and didn't really understand what was going on, just that she had a bad kidney that the doctors needed to take out. She carries this around all over the place and it has helped her put her mind at ease about everything. It's super adorable and soft. Such a great idea!" - Lir

Also Functional "Love my replacement Uterus! I got a ton of comments during my hospital stay. This is a great gift for someone you know having surgery! Not only is it a great gift but it is functional also. This plush was exactly what I needed for my ride home to put between my incision and my seat belt!" - M. P.

Surgery Prep "I just had a C-section to get rid of a large, 20 cm fibroid four days ago. The best thing I did to prepare for surgery, other than rest and lots of magnesium, was to buy this stuffed uterus. Not only did it keep me and all the nurses and my GYN amused before, during and after my surgery and subsequent hospital stay, but it's the perfect size to press against your belly when you have to do things that hurt (which is pretty much everything after a surgery like this!): stand up, sit down, cough, squat to use the potty, etc. I'm getting another to give to my surgeon as a gift! Very, very happy I bought my little 'Uti'!" - Petunia

Bedtime Buddy "Gave this heart plush to my grandfather who’s in heart failure and told him this was a new heart and that he will be ok. He sleeps with it now and it's adorable." - Katherine B.

Irresistible Heart "My mom had a heart procedure done and really needed a pillow for recovery. I could not resist this heart pillow; we have a great sense of humor. The doctor loved it too and asked where I got it. He thought they would be good to give heart patients after surgery especially children because of the size. The pillow is just the right size for my mom, it is super soft, and is small enough to drag around in her purse to all of her appointments. This was a huge hit in the cardio dept. at the hospital." - Raenell M.

Designated Organs "I'm currently finishing an ultrasound program and my classmates and I are leaving school to our clinical sites, so we decided to get our instructors guts before we leave after tomorrow! I got the heart, uterus, and spleen for my vascular, OB/GYN, and abdomen instructors respectively - they are so perfect for them! My clinical coordinator was in lab one day helping us scan and with more enthusiasm that I've ever seen from her, she said, "Bring on the challenge, I LOVE finding appendixes!” And so of course, we decided she NEEDED that appendix. Super fast shipping, I got my appendix in two days! Just in time to give all my instructors their designated organs on our last day of school tomorrow." - Lina M.

Lymphin' The Dream "My sister just went through a double mastectomy for breast cancer. The doctors told us that they might have to remove some lymph nodes as well. After the surgery, before she went to recovery, I went to a local toy shop to find a present and I found your plush guts. They didn't have any mammary glands but I did find one very cute lymph node. When my sister woke up we had to tell her that she lost some of her lymph nodes in the surgery. I handed her your lymph node and said that we got her one to make up for it though. It made her really happy. She was ecstatic that I had actually found her a lymph node! After seeing my sister go through so much it felt good to put a smile on her face. Thanks for making such a great product!" - Joel M.

Nine-Year-Old Superstar "Recently, a wonderful 9-year-old superstar volunteer gave me one of your adorable pancreas key chains. This gift was both completely unexpected, and it brightened my day like nothing else has in a long time. Her gift got me thinking; there are so few aspects of type 1 diabetes that are fun or uplifting. Yet this tiny memento from I Heart Guts has since served as my silver lining on bad days, as well as a reminder that attitude and perspective are everything. On those bad days — days when I just want to give up, or cry, or yell — I look at that smiling little pancreas and remember how lucky I am to have dozens of other perfectly functioning body parts, and also to work for the # 1 organization funding diabetes medical research. To me, your key chain is a placeholder until the day a real cure (or artificial pancreas!) is created.” — Samantha W.

Teen M.D. "My teen is a really smart kid and currently wants to be a doctor and loves anatomy so your products are perfect for him. He has your stickers on his computer and binders for school. His birthday and Christmas lists consist of Amazon gift cards and I Heart Guts. Mr. Doctor doesn't really like 'normal' things -- you would absolutely love him! I'm really happy that there is a real person behind your brand, that makes me like you 10 times more." — Lisa T.

Fibroids Away! "This week, I had a bilateral cystectomy and myomectomy of a fibroid tumor (and made it through with all organs intact). I found your ovary in a gift shop but the uteruses were sold out. I ordered one and it arrived in two days! I am impressed with your speedy delivery. Thank you for bringing a little levity to a hard time :)"  -Lane B.

Color Your Organs "We live in Iran and have a small community center for immigrant children living in a relatively poor area of Tehran. We printed your free stuff and kids loved coloring it and they learned so much from your poster. Just wanted to thank you."  -S. Mason

New Windbags "I have never posted to a site but this is an exception. My nephew has cystic fibrosis and is waiting on a lung transplant. I sent him the Loud Lungs plush organ. It made his day. Days in the hospital are long but the 'Loud Lung' made today a little better."  - Richard S.

Gutsy Appreciation "I'm really appreciative of the fact that you went out of your way to make sure the package got to me okay. It's never happened any other time I've ordered something."  -Ergi D.

Liver Not A Fighter "I had a liver transplant in may of last year due to a rare form of liver cancer, it was kind of a surprise at 23 years old. I have a weird sense of humor about my transplant and when I found the "I'm a liver not a fighter" shirt I knew I had to have it! I wear it all the time and people find it hilarious! Thanks so much for the awesome shirt!"  - Courtney G.

Colon Love "I have ulcerative colitis and and having my colon completely removed January 16. The plush will be my buddy for my hospital stay. I've named him Chester. He is my healthy colon that will never hurt me.  The key chain is for my mom. She's been my rock the past 2 years. It's her funny Christmas present. Thank you for doing what you do... We are so appreciative of your guts. You are helping us maintain our humour in dark times."  -Cara H.

Renal Love “Last year my sister-in-law celebrated the 20th anniversary of her kidney-pancreas transplant.  What better anniversary gift than a stuffed kidney and pancreas from your website!  They were a huge hit, both with her and with her little granddaughters… By the way, I am an ICU nurse, and I LOVE your quirky stuff.  Thanks!”  Linda C.

Got Your Neck “Last week, due to the discovery of cancer, I had a complete thyroidectomy. Luckily, my husband had gifted me with your awesome plush thyroid for Valentine's Day. With a surgery of this type, you experience a lot of neck pain, during the healing process it has been incredibly hard to get comfortable. Only by using your plush thyroid behind my neck have I been able to sleep at night. I just wanted to write and say thank you for being a great, ingenious and cheerful part of my recovery.”  Emily M.

Anatomy Refresher “I found your site on ‘The Block’ New York Comic Con page and I genuinely think I learned more about organ anatomy in the last 20 minutes than I did in all of my high school and college biology classes, combined. I’ll definitely be stopping by your booth, next month.” Randall W.

Uterus Thief “I love your products! I bought a uterus a few years back at the Bust Craftacular, my dog used to steal it and my daughter would cry, ‘Mom, Wesley has your uterus again!’ I have the menstrual cycle poster on my bathroom wall too.” Stori N.

Girl With Guts “Your intestine plushies are GREAT because they work as a fantastic post-op cough pillow. I know, this is how I used it!! Honestly, the plushie I had post-op I took everywhere. It was a great cough/laugh pillow and also good for bracing during car rides.” Jackie Z.

Guts For the Entire Family “Our guts arrived and they are adorable! What photo can do justice to the vibrant colors and soft soft fabric? I got the spleen as kind of a gag gift for my son, who lost his, so yours replaces it.  And the ovary is for his fiancee who gave birth 10 weeks ago to twin girls–know she’ll get a kick out of that. The brain for a very cerebral 5-yr-old who already reads and corrects his parents.  The heart for his 3-yr-old brother who is super active and the sweetest boy in the world, the champion of their 16-month-old sister who’s to have the tummy, mostly because the size and color is right for her but also her brothers know all about tummies. I went to your site for the kids, but found fun gifts for adults, and can see doing the same again and again. Great, unique, ingenious and educational product!  Easy website, items arrived quickly. I know they’ll be the hit of Christmas morning!” Merri W.

Soft Spot For Guts “I just wanted to say how much I love your products! I’m a doctor myself, so I have a soft spot for these soft plushies. Recently, I had to undergo surgery to have my gallbladder removed, and receiving an I Heart Guts gallbladder as a ‘get well soon’ gift made the experience less scary. I now also own an I Heart Guts heart, which definitely ranks among the cutest things I possess: he is just the right size to use as a pillow, and his slightly lopsided facial features remind me of a cuter version of the Kool-Aid Man. Keep up the great work, and may your business thrive.” Jenna L.

Keep ‘Em Guessing “As Urology Technician, working in the clinic and the Operating Room, most of the stuff I deal with is considered relatively ‘embarrassing’…. Your kidney, bladder, testis and prostate pins really lighten the mood for everyone, patients and co-workers! My docs and nurses love trying to guess which pin I’ll wear!” Allyse B.

Metabolic Helper “I purchased the thyroid for my son who was born without one — it arrived and my son loved it! He likes to keep it on his bed. We call his medication his ‘fake thyroid,’ so this little fake plush thyroid was just perfect! He is 11 years old and we are in the process of weaning him from Dad dispensing the Levoxyl to him being responsible for taking it.  This little critter really made an impact.  The booklet, in a language he understands, was light-hearted and yet gave facts that made him understand it is a big deal.  He put it up to his neck and declared: ‘this goes here.’ He has even started to make a list of the other I Heart Guts ‘he needs’ to complete his medical history set.  So again, thanks for a great little ‘pick me up’ product!” L.D.

A Kidney For Mom “My lovely friends in Australia somehow found your plush kidney and surprised me with it as a good luck charm — I was about to leave Australia to fly to England to become a living kidney donor to my mum. The plush kidney was supposed to make me feel less bereft at my loss of a real kidney but my mum likes it so much I think she wants to keep the plush one too! Obviously it has gone with us to all our compatability tests and it came to hospital for the transplant operation. I think it really broke the ice with the nurses who all adored it. I’m sure folks who have plush organs at their hospital bed get better treatment from nurses because they could instantly see that we are patients who don’t take ourselves too seriously! When I’m recovered I will be taking the kidney with me to the organ donation stalls I volunteer on, as a cute reminder to people to register as organ donors.” Scott C.

Good Luck Charm “My mother is currently in the hospital waiting to receive a heart and a kidney. She is at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and will be there until she is a lucky recipient! So, I thought it would be a great idea to purchase these as a good luck charm and when she receives the organs (in real life) she can then pass them off to another who is waiting in the hospital. So, I heard of a 22 year old girl on my mothers’s floor who recently found out that she would have to stay at the hospital until she received a heart and she was really depressed. Being 29 myself, I couldn’t even fathom the shock she was going through but I wanted to give her the second heart I purchased to boost her spirits. So, I told her I would come visit her but when she received her heart, she would have to give her I Heart Guts heart to someone else in need. Well, she didn’t have to wait too long, a few hours after I left, she received a heart. My mother was the back up for another transplant the next day. She hasn’t received a heart and a kidney yet but her day will come. I just thought it was so random and I just had to tell you this story! Your items are the talk of the hospital and they think they are good luck charms. Thank you for brightening the days of many people and for making a hard situation a little bit easier! Love your products!” Deanna T.

Panky Goes to Med School “I placed my first order with I Heart Guts and look forward to surprising my doctors with pancreas pins! Thank you a thousand times over. This company is great for those that need joy in darker times. My little pancreas is going to med school with me once I get the real one working!” Bri P.

Punched in the Gut “My mom is doing better, we had several appointments over the past week, and she has taken her intestine plush with her everywhere.  She was actually rather confused when I brought it home to her, but when I explained to her that every time she was angry or frustrated about her colostomy, she could take it out on the pillow, she was rather happy about it.  She has found it too cute to be angry at it, which I’m hoping is helping to dispel her frustration at the colostomy a bit too. So the pillow has made the rounds of doctors offices, rehab centers, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the past few weeks. Everyone in the medical profession is so in love with it, and now that you are in Maryland, there was even more gushing and wanting to get them (she kept the tag on so she could show them more organs).  So anyway, just thought I’d share — my mom is your new promoter.” Jody K.

We Heart Nurses “I buy the pins for my fellow transplant nurses at Mayo Clinic, we all work in kidney, liver, and heart transplant. They are such a fun pick-me-up!” Kate G.

You Gotta Be Kidney “Just wanted you to know the kidney we ordered for my daughter’s surgery was a big hit at Motts Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. They even allowed it into the OR with her, and loved the T-shirt also. We told all who inquired about your awesome web site and products. Our daughter started asking for her kidney in post-op and they had it in a bag right next to her bed. And, just so you know, she is seventeen years old. Never too old for a stuffed kidney.” Gail T.

Kidney for a Kid “A dear friend’s daughter was born a couple of years ago with only one kidney, and with some issues involving her remaining one. My daughter, an RN, bought the baby one of your kidneys. Now two-and-a-half years old — and doing well — this little girl takes the kidney with her everywhere, especially to the doctor’s office. Last week, when having blood drawn at the kidney specialist’s, she insisted ‘I want my kidney!’ The doctor and nurse were first baffled and then highly amused by the way the toy comforted her. We who love her are just grateful that your clever toy helped a toddler laugh instead of cry. Thank you.” Becky F.