The Katie’s Wish Foundation is proud to offer the Cough Buddy program to hospitals in Indiana. Our bears feature a customized shirt, and can be delivered by foundation staff to any hospital that wishes to receive a donation of the bears. The Cough Buddy program is currently in use at four Indiana hospitals:

  • Riley Hospital for Children at I.U. Health (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • Columbus Regional Hospital (Columbus, Ind.)
  • Kings Daughters Hospital (Madison, Ind.)

These bears are intended for use by patients who have received open heart, chest or abdominal surgery. They are intended for use by patients ages 5 and up. These bears are NOT toys, but they do provide a cuddly friend to help ease recovery.

From the Cough Buddy website: 

“Cough Buddy™” is a specially designed post-operative pillow with a firm, yet flexible back to serve as a splint for the patient’s incision.

Our pillow was created to help patients cough and deep breathe after open heart, thoracic, abdominal, or bariatric surgery. After surgical procedures, recovering patients must perform both of these procedures to avoid respiratory complications, such as pneumonia. Cough Buddy™ provides the support a patient needs and minimizes the pain of therapy.

“Cough Buddy™” has proven to be a great comfort if a patient suffers from post-operative depression. He becomes a very special gift and a wonderful tool to help them through their surgery.

For more information about the bears themselves, or to coordinate a delivery of bears to your hospital, please email us.