Young heart patient loves his INGA Wellbeing t-shirt so much he didn’t want to take it off
Santiago, 18, was born with a complex congenital heart disease and is therefore no stranger to hospital, the dreaded gown, monitoring devices and medical checks! However following his most recent open-heart surgery earlier this year at the Cardiac Center of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, he wore an INGA Wellbeing t-shirt with front and side openings and described it as “so cool and useful”.
Nurses found they could place the heart monitor patches and attach the leads quickly and easily without having to wrestle with awkward clothing or undress Santiago too much. His mother Maria reported in a message to the team at INGA Wellbeing that: “He got cabled up in a second!”
In fact, she laughingly complained that, after his final checkup and having received the much-hoped for all-clear from the medical team in Delaware, he had refused to change out of the t-shirt as it was so comfortable. “We had an argument because he didn’t want to take it off!!,” she texted. “But we were going to dinner with his former headmaster so a shirt and jacket was a must!”
(Sorry about the argument Maria … but we reckon the headmaster would not even have noticed he was wearing patient clothing!)
To show just how well the t-shirt worked in a clinical situation, she sent these wonderful photos of him wearing the adapted top post-surgery, and included one of the handsome young man messing about and pretending to strike a photo-shoot pose with the comment: “He says he can be your model!”
We could not be happier to know that our clothes helped to make a worrying time feel a little less daunting, made the medical team’s work easier and even provided opportunities for some clowning around.