My name is MeriAnn Boxall. I found out while pregnant that my daughter was going to be born with a cleft lip. When Grace was born, I did all the research that I could to understand everything there was to know about cleft lip surgery. I talked with other mothers and found that one of the hardest parts of the surgery recovery was keeping the hands away from the mouth, so that proper healing and reduced scarring could take place. I also heard stories about how hard it was to keep a child in the current restraints available. When Grace came out of surgery, while still at the hospital, she found a way to get her hand out of the restraints, pull them off, and hit her mouth with them on. This also caused rash marks under her arms.
I knew this was going to happen so I was prepared. I created HoneyCuffs to hold down her hands and we put it on as soon as we left the hospital. She was able to exercise her arms, while keeping them away from her incision. I could change her diaper, let her sleep, and let her play without worrying that she was going to hurt herself or cause damage to the delicately healing skin. After my daughters surgeon suggested that I manufacture and market these I immediately worked toward that goal. I have two hospitals officially interested in using Honey Cuffs in their hospital, but a the very last step in the approval process we found that FDA approval will be needed. I am currently selling the devices online and have recently made the first adult version (for a serverley handicapped individual who causes himself physical harm by hitting himself in the head). The devices have also been used for children with severe excema to keep their hands down while they sleep. The notice of allowance for the patent just arrived in the mail and will be officially patented soon. I need funds to assist in paying for the FDA approval process and testing so I get the product into hospitals so they can be used by more children, giving them the option to have insurance assist in covering the purchase. I know first hand what a blessing these devices are and I have received nothing but positive reviews from others who have used them for many different needs. I have strong support from surgeons, hospital directors, nurses, and community members/mothers who play an active role in child craniofacial communities. I wish I could offer more rewards to you personally for donating, but please note that money is donated annually to the Children's Craniofacial Organization, Operation Smile and other like organizations by Honey Cuffs.