A doll for children with Cancer
Kaká is a doll designed for children going through the treatment for cancer. It was designed to help the child understand some procedures of the treatment as well as introduce the human body and organ system and how the treatment can affect them.
The doll is made of neoprene fabric, and is stuffed with silicon foam in the arms, legs and head. To open the body and check out the organs inside, an opening system was developed. It is U shaped and covers the stomach region. It keeps the belly closed using velcro on the the edges and a buttom at the belly buttom.
The doll comes with the circulatory system (heart, veins and arteries), the digestive system (stomach, liver and intestines), the respiratory system (lungs) and the excretory system (kidneys and bladder). All the organs are held together by the circulatory system, using valves and tubes made of PVC, and some have velcro where they touch to keep them together. The organs are placed inside a silicon mold, allowing them to be removed individually, this way its easier for the children to learn about them.
Kaká has the appearance of a child ongoing the cancer treatment, with almost no hair, bold, pale and a little swallow in the face due to the use of the medication corticosteroid.
Its main objectives are to help children with cancer by keeping them company, by helping parents and hospital staff in instructing about the treatment and showing how the main organs in the body work.
Projeto desenvolvido para a disciplina de Pratica Projetual 3 do curso de Design Industrial da UDESC