Comfort ducks

Aflec comfort duck

This little fuzzy duck doesn't look like much, but touch its cheek or rub its wing and it comes to life.

Created by a company called Sproutel, My Special Aflac Duck is a comfort companion for kids facing cancer. It helps them process their emotions, feel less anxious before chemotherapy, and better understand their own medical situations through play.

The duck's skin is removable so it can be washed -- a necessity for kids with compromised immune systems.

The Aflec insurance company is paying to send the devices to an Atlanta hospital early this year. It will be available across the U.S. at the end of the year.

First published January 9, 2018: 10:10 AM ET