Renata Souza on her diabetes project Thomy

Following her cousin being diagnosed with diabetes, Renata was inspired to create a product that made his life easier.

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About a year ago Renata's cousin Thomas was diagnosed with diabetes. She says that her family back home in Mexico were all trying to find a way to help him. She says she realised that diabetes was stealing time from Thomas and she wanted to design a product that made his life easier.

This is how the Parsons School of Design student came up with Thomy. It includes a colourful insulin pen that she designed specifically for children and temporary tattoos that visually indicate where you've previously injected yourself.

She said that her main goal was to take something medical and making it fun for children with diabetes to use.

Thomy was a United States national finalist in the James Dyson Award 2017.