MUSC's bear clinic slated for Saturday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Medical University of South Carolina's Children's Hospital is hosting a special clinic on Saturday to treat a unique kind of patient. Doctors and children will be treating Teddy bears.

Children and their families are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or their favorite stuffed animal the Children's Hospital Emergency Department for a check-up. Each child will receive a gift bag and will also be able to do art activities sponsored by the 4Cats Art Studio.

The bears will be registered as a patient and receive an ID bracelet and medical chart, the hospital said in a statement Thursday.

Each teddy bear will go through a triage process where their owners will be encouraged to describe the injuries or illnesses their teddy bear is suffering from, have their weight and vital signs taken and be examined by a pediatrician.

The stuffed animals will have a full diagnosis from staff physicians, including directions on a path to wellness that will include a two-book reading program per night.

Participants should enter through the Children's Emergency entrance at 96 Jonathon Lucas St. Parking is available across the street in the Jonathan Lucas Street Garage.