7 Healthcast: Pump pocket
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Alana Nicoletti, 7, is diabetic and wears an insulin pump. Her dress has special hidden pockets that conceal the device. It's the brainchild of her parents whose goal was to help their daughter.
"When we were out in public in order to access the insulin pump, we had to lift her dress up and that was uncomfortable for her," said Alana's mom, Mireille Nicoletti. "That was when we decided to come up with a pocket that we can pull the pump out of the side instead of having to lift the dress up."
The dress worked so well that Mireille and her husband soon started an online business, Alana-Mireille Apparel, to give other girls with insulin pumps another option.
While Mireille and her husband have retail experience, designing and sewing was something new.
"No sewing experience. We just came up with the idea and we have a manufacturer down in Miami that helps us," Nicoletti said.
The Nicoletti's know first hand the many challenges children with diabetes face and are happy if they can make life a little easier for others, starting with Alana.
The company has been in business about a year. Dress sizes are for toddlers to young girls and range in price from about $23 to $30. They plan to develop clothes for boys and adults.
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