Parents often find it very difficult to explain heart surgery and the resulting scars to very young children.
The Children’s Heart Federation have come up with the idea of using Molly’s Dollies, a rag doll with surgical scars, to help explain scarring to children with heart conditions. These dolls can be used to gently introduce the idea of operations and scars to your child.
Order a free Molly’s Dolly
The dolls are available free of charge to children with heart conditions in the UK, the signature of a healthcare professional is required, for example a Cardiac Liaison Nurse, Doctor or play specialist.
Download the application form to be completed by a healthcare professional if you’re claiming a free doll. Or to request an application form through the post call 01376 780 044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy a doll
If you are happy to pay for a doll and so help the work of CHF one can be bought from the shop here. You may want to buy a scarred doll for a heart child and an unscarred doll for a sibling.
Still complete the application form if you would like the doll to be scarred, but leave the section relating to the healthcare professional blank.
Sponsor a doll
It costs £24 to customise the doll to the child, plus postage and packing. By donating £2 per month to CHF you would help pay for one doll for a heart child after twelve months. To sponsor a doll click here
If you need any help with this email email@example.com or phone 0300 561 0065.