Premature babies gain comfort from crocheted octopuses, that volunteers are now struggling to keep up with the demand.
The octopus are made by volunteers as part of a worldwide movement called Octopus For A Preemie.
“The tentacles on the octopus actually resemble the umbilical cord,” Bianca Green, co-founder of Octopus For A Preemie Tasmania, told John X on ABC Radio Hobart.
“So they play with these tentacles and it stops them from pulling out their cords or jostling them.”
Ms Green became involved with making octopuses alongside Andrea Carey, and the pair have found they just cannot keep up with demand.
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But a recent call to help on the Octopus For A Preemie Tasmania Facebook page has garnered a massive response, with a number of extra volunteers and crochet groups now offering to help.
“The therapeutic value isn’t just for babies,” Ms Green said.
What a fantastic idea! Well done to everyone that chips in, such a comfort to the precious bubbas.
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