I'd like to share a short series of videos about Pediatric IBD that I recently watched. The videos are the work of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They are informative, compassionate and concise - a wonderful combination that makes them worth the watch.
The series consists of 6 short clips – each no more than a minute and a half of so. They feature children, physicians, researchers and families from the Pediatric IBD Center at Pediatric IBD Consortium founding member site Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The children in the clips are bright and articulate. They speak about their disease in a way that is honest, very aware and matter-of-fact without irony or self-pity. A smiling young girl shows viewers the PICC Line in her arm and explains how it reaches the arteries of her heart. A researcher reminds viewers that no child should have to deal with these kinds of things.
The tone of the videos is serious. The clips don't sugar-coat the realities of living with IBD but that does not mean the scenes are sad or depressing. The physicians and researchers are hopeful and forward looking and the viewer is invited to see that in spite of their struggles with IBD, these children are full of the same dreams and aspirations as any child.
This video series is a wonderful way to put real faces to Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease and remind us why it’s so important to support research like that being conducted by members of the Pediatric IBD Consortium.