Imagine the thoughts running through new mom Melissa Saville’s mind when she learned that her infant daughter Bayley was diagnosed with a motility disorder. Doctors told her that it was a condition that would likely require her daughter to use a feeding tube and central line for her entire life.
|Bayley and Melissa Saville|
Saville made up her mind that day to make it a positive journey. She’s displayed a great attitude and maintained an excellent outlook on life. The diagnosis has also become a business idea and entrepreneurial endeavor.
“The MyPokit idea began when Bayley was a baby. Even picking her up made me very nervous. I was afraid I would pull the tube out or get it caught or kinked on something,” says Saville, of Commerce Township.
That is when the idea came to her to construct a wearable pouch to help manage the tubes. She wanted to design something that could safely store and protect the medically required tubes. To get the design right, she sought the input of other parents, a nurse, a design engineer and a professional seamstress.
Bayley took to the pouch right away, wearing it 24/7 her mom says. Bayley also eventually coined the product name calling it“my pocket” as a toddler, according to her mother.
Now a teenager, Bayley has been working with her mom and business partner Chris Myers to expand on their idea to create MyPokits for G-tubes, J-tubes and central lines. They are also creating new and fashionable fabric designs, while developing their fledgling company.
|Ellen Sneider, R.N.|
Ellen Snieder is a Beaumont Children’s Hospital nurse manager who has worked with Bayley her entire life. She says,“We always knew Bayley was a special child and trooper when it came to the management of her own medical condition. Now, she and her family have this product that is filling a need for many other children, ranging from infants to teenagers and beyond. It’s been a wonderful process to witness.”
For Bayley, one of the best benefits is that it’s helped her fit in at school.“When it’s under your shirt, you can’t tell it’s there that much,” says the astute young girl.“With MyPokit, you don’t have people constantly asking what the tubes are because they don’t notice them.”
Summing up the family’s journey thus far, Melissa Saville says,“Bayley has given me a totally different outlook on life and I just want to make the experiences better for children and parents going through similar situations.”
Thankful for the care Bayley has received at Beaumont, Saville has committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from MyPokit sales to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.
Find out more about MyPokit by visiting the MyPokit website.
|MyPokit's come in a wide range of designs and patterns for children and adults.|