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Kapali Kiaha, a registered nurse, hands a stuffed animal belonging to Roman Boatwright, 2, of Orem, back to him after conducting a mock surgery on the bear with his help during Timpanogos Regional Hospital's annual Teddy Bear Clinic held Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Orem. Hundreds and hundreds of stuffed animals came through Timpanogos Regional Hospital on Monday, with the aim of showing them, and their young owners, that the hospital isn’t such a scary place to be. Roughly 2,000 people came to the annual free event, according to Nate Black, director of communications at Timpanogos Regional Hospital. “It’s an opportunity for parents to bring their kids to the hospital and have them get familiar with it,” said Black. “So that if there is some kind of an emergency, the kids feel comfortable coming.” Stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes were processed in a way similar to how a newborn baby is welcomed into the world at the hospital, like taking vitals, weighing it and diapering it. The tour of the hospital culminates in a mock surgery on the stuffed animals, in which children can participate, and also educates families on different kinds of care they can receive. The event also celebrated the second anniversary of the opening of the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, the only one of its kind in Utah County, according to Black. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

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