Healing Buddies is an evolution of the therapeutic practices taking place at Coaniquem, a pediatric burn clinic in South America. Young children begin their healing journey by being introduced to their Healing Buddy so that they can start to form a bond. Each Healing Buddy is personalized to the child to build a unique, intimate friendship. The relationship with their doll should lead to compliance with their therapy and ease some of the anxieties and fears over treatment. Each doll is made of a hypoallergenic poly fill with buttons at the end of each limb for weight and sound. Fabrics vary based on the textures and roughness required for each child's therapy.
Designed by: Cosme Cruz in affiliation with Designmatters for ArtCenter College of Design and Coaniquem Foundation