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.
How to order a Molly’s Dolly
The dolls are available free of charge if the order is endorsed by a healthcare professional, for example your Cardiac Liaison Nurse; or you can buy them for a suggested donation of £20 (plus postage if outside the UK).
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
You can buy a doll from the CHF shop here. If you are buying the doll then still complete the application form if you would like the doll to be scarred, but leave the section relating to the healthcare professional blank.
We hope this is agreeable to you so that your child receives the Molly’s dolly as soon as possible.