Two very different backpacks

The pink backpack is for a little girl who has math homework.

The clear backpack is for a little girl who has a breathing machine.

The little girl with the clear backpack is Zoe. She’s a patient at Ranken Jordan and has chronic respiratory failure. That means Zoe has to use a breathing machine which controls air pressure and air volume in her lungs. Two thirds of Zoe’s day is spent far away from her hospital bed so she needs to be safe as well as mobile. The backpack — we call it an “airway bag” — contains supplies that help Zoe breathe when she’s out of her hospital bed.

Mobile airway bags help kids like Zoe get out of the hospital bed and back to play.

Children with complex medical conditions still want to play but are often limited by technology. Too often they’re stuck in their hospital bed, not experiencing physical and emotional improvements, not receiving psychological, developmental and therapeutic benefits. We know recreational time is critical to recovery. It’s the foundation of our child-centered philosophy. The challenge inspired Ranken Jordan’s respiratory therapists to develop a mobility system for kids with breathing machines. The breakthrough development: a mobile airway backpack that helps Zoe be a healthier and happier little girl.

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