An Australian mother has found a unique way to help keep her daughter safe in the event of an emergency- a Velcro sign to affix to her seat belt. Natalie Bell is the mother of Shae, a 10 year-old-girl who has a cochlear implant. This means that she is not able to have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) performed. Bell created the sign so that if she ever ends up in an emergency scenario (such as a car accident), first responders will have this very important information at their disposal.
The sign says “I AM DEAF I HAVE A COCHLEAR IMPLANT NO MRI.” Bell has made signs for her daughter’s backpack as well as for the seat belt. They are made of Velcro, and Bell now has a thriving business selling personalized items like this for other parents.
On June 5th, Bell shared a picture of Shae wearing the custom seat belt sign on Facebook, and the post went on to go viral, being shared 785,000 times and reaching up hundreds of thousands of likes. Her post explained the rationale behind making these items:
"I always wonder what would happen if I was in a car accident with my daughter in the car and I was unable to let the doctors know that my daughter could not have a MRI due to having a cochlear implant, now I don’t need to worry about that with these seat belt covers."
She went on to state that items could be made specifically for any medical conditions, and would be customized however necessary. She sells these personalized items on her Personalised by Nat page.
After her post went viral, she has been featured on many news outlets, and people seem incredibly relieved to have a way to potentially keep their kids safe by communicating information in an emergency. Other signs that Bell has shared on her Facebook page include "I HAVE AUTISM I MAY RESIST HELP". She also custom makes other items, such as a clock that shows sign language instead of numbers.
The fact that this post went viral really shows that there is a need for these items. There are many special considerations when you have a child with special needs, and these products can help relieve the stress of worrying that those who can help in an emergency will have all the information that they need.