Mom creates seat belt to alert emergency services of children with disabilities

A mother-of-five has been inundated with thousands of requests on social media after sharing a snap of the $12 seat belt covers she created for children who have disabilities 

The cover is designed to alert authorities to children’s health issues or disabilities in an emergency and was inspired by her Natalie’s own daughter who has a cochlear implant. 

Natalie Bell, from Victoria, shared her life-saving creation on her page Personalised by Nat on Wednesday after being inspired by her daughter and the post has since received 61,000 likes.

‘I always wonder what would happen if I was in a car accident with my daughter in the car and I was unable to let the doctors know that my daughter could not have a MRI due to having a cochlear implant,’ she wrote. 

‘Now I don’t need to worry about that with these seat belt covers. These can be made for any special needs that the medical team will need to know if you are unable to tell them.’

She had made a cochlear implant one which read ‘I am deaf. No MRI’ and one for children with autism that read ‘I have autism. I may resist help’.

The ingenious design can be made to suit all kinds of disabilities and sells for $12 or two for $20. 

Thousands of people have since contacted Natalie, who launched her business after looking for ‘something new’ to do after her last child was born, with the mother telling FEMAIL she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the interest.

‘These children might have a medical bracelet but those are quite small. So I thought this is something emergency services would notice straight away,’ she said.

And a number of workers in that department agree. 

My husband is part of Fire and Rescue and said that this is a brilliant idea. Such a valuable piece that provides a lot of information clearly so that personal involved can approach situations with knowledge and care,’ one woman said.

‘This is an amazing idea! As a cop I wish I could hand these out to anyone who needs them,’ another said.

A third added: ‘This is also a great idea for adults with dementia’.  

Others said this would help their children with dextrocardia – where the heart is on the right side instead of the left – because medical professionals will always assume the heart is on its usual side.

Natalie was ecstatic to have raised awareness about the issue and is frantically setting to work creating all of her custom-orders. 

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