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Knitted by the radiographic assistant, the toys are given to some of the hospital’s child patients, aged between four and 10, to help them overcome their fears.
For some children, an ultrasound is a traumatic experience and receiving a cuddly toy at the end of it makes it a bit better, van Veen said.
“We only get happy faces if we give them a dog or one of the little knitted teddies from chaplaincy service,” she said.
“I have never done it before in my life and learned how by watching YouTube.”
She usually knits in the evening while listening to music or watching television, “just to keep my hands busy.”
It takes her four weeks to finish a dog, as she only knits for about an hour a day.
“And a lot of dogs are not to my liking once finished so I make another one.”
Breeds she has knitted include corgi, poodle, german shepherd, jack russell, miniature schnauzer, pug and border collie.