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Shot spot bears (Source: CBS 4 Photo)

A partnership with Rio Grande Valley hospitals is helping children diagnosed with diabetes learn more about what to do.

According to Jennifer Bartnesky-Smith, Chief Strategy Officer at Valley Baptist Medical Center said the shot spot bears were designed to show children diagnosed with diabetes where to administer their shots or insulin. She said the bears came as part of their partnership with South Texas Juvenile Diabetes.

“It’s a fun, interactive way for kids with a scary diagnosis at first to really introduce the ways they can help treat themselves and really kind of make it a more fun, interactive thing for them.”

Currently, the hospital has three bears, which they started giving out on Thursday, but Bartnesky-Smith said they will be receiving more bears soon. 

The hospital also received a book that teaches more about diabetes, including what food to eat and what the signs or symptoms are.

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