Sean Shelton, 54, soon after starting dialysis noticed how cold the room he was receiving was.
He eventually took the problem to his daughter, Mina Fox, a fashion designer, and suggested a solution.
“He was complaining about how cold he was and things like that, so he suggested putting a zipper on the jacket,” Fox told Good Morning America, while his father posted a similar video online. I found some jackets, but added that I felt so. ”
So with Fox’s help, Shelton’s idea came to fruition.
Fox took the project to heart and used her skills and talents to create a hoodie-like jacket. This jacket has a zipper on the sleeve for medical staff to insert the needle into the patient’s arm during dialysis treatment and for direct access during dialysis treatment. Existing her IV site.
“I gave him my first jacket and he really liked it,” said Fox.
“He was so proud of it that he made me do like six more jackets, no kidding.
Satisfied with the product her daughter made, Shelton took a picture of herself in the jacket and sent it to her daughter, who shared it. twitter account.
To Fox’s surprise, the tweet quickly went viral and received over 4 million views.
“In my mind, at that moment, I just thought I was sharing something silly about me and my father.” And honestly, it took me eight hours to say to my dad, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re like Internet fame.'”
Fox said his father began experiencing health problems after his aunt died in October 2020.
“He went to the hospital for a stroke…a week after the funeral, less than a week,” she said. “And I honestly thought it was stress, but it happened again a few months later and his health was getting worse and worse. I said I needed a kidney or kidney donation and dialysis to prepare for that.”
Dialysis, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, is a treatment that filters waste and water from a patient’s blood, much as the kidneys did when healthy. It also helps control blood pressure and balance important minerals such as potassium, sodium, and calcium in the blood.
Regarding his relationship with his father, who is awaiting kidney donation, Fox added: …. We are a pretty big family too. So we talk all the time.
Aside from the “very overwhelmingly positive” response Fox’s tweet received, the viral moment gave her the opportunity to learn more about her father’s treatment by learning from others’ stories. rice field.
“I was just watching people’s stories about their families and themselves,” she said, adding that she was “still learning about dialysis” at the time.
“moreover [that], I was so touched,” she continued. And you know, I’m a very sensitive person. So when people tell me what they’re going through, especially if it’s something that’s relatable, I really empathize with them.
Fox eventually made a tutorial video to show others how to make the jacket and posted it on her YouTube channel. She told GMA that she made it as a birthday present for her father and to provide instruction “for free” to others.
“I wanted to make this as accessible as possible for everyone in the world, and that’s my goal,” she said.