Teen Invents 'Snap-On Underwear' For People With Disabilities

08/13/2014 11:03 am ET | Updated Aug 13, 2014
Courtesy of Charlotte Robinson

When Charlotte Robinson learned that she would have to wear a cumbersome leg brace for a year she wasn’t quite so worried about that the pain and the recuperation.

She was concerned about having to wear frumpy clothing at the very start of high school, the 17-year-old told ABC News.

Robinson was born with a hemangioma, a disorder that caused vascular tumors to grow in her right tibia, which created holes in her bones and damaged her joints and growth plate, according to the news outlet. When she was 13, her right leg was 2.5 inches shorter than her left.

In 2011, the South Salem, New York, teen’s doctors told her that she would have to wear a Taylor Spatial Frame -- a leg brace -- in order to properly lengthen her right leg.

One of the first inconveniences Robinson faced was wearing uncomfortable Velcro underwear.

That’s when the idea for the "snap-on" underwear was born.

The cute knickers, which come in varying colors, snap along the sides, so anyone who can’t slip their legs into a pair of undies, can still find their way into these undergarments without a problem.

snap on underwear

She’s now selling the line, which she dubbed No Guts, No Glory, on her website.

It’s this kind of "can-do" approach that has helped Robinson throughout her ordeal.

"I had the attitude that [the procedure] was going to work because, as my grandfather said to me '80 percent of the success of a surgery is the patient,'" she wrote on her blog. "Attitude is everything."

Often, it’s the patients who have the most innovative ideas when it comes to finding solutions for issues that come up during recovery.

Kylie Simonds, 11, from Naugatuck, Connecticut, had a similar experience.

After Kylie was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma -- a connective tissue cancer -- three years ago, she was forced to walk about with IV poles that usually got in her way and she wasn’t strong enough at the time to push, WTNH reported.

That’s why she recently invented a stylish and easy-to-use pediatric IV backpack. It’s a wearable, portable IV machine for kids receiving chemotherapy or transfusions.

"They are very light and they’re more convenient," she told WTNH. "To have something small for them and not as big like when I first went into the office, I was like, 'Whoa -- those things are huge and scary.'"

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