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Apparently even kidney dialysis machines designed for children were too big for Millie Kelly’s 6-pound newborn body, so Dr. Malcom Coulthard (UK) made her a miniature dialysis machine – in his garage. It just goes to show that innovation can still happen at the individual level, even in the medical field.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hemodialysis was commonly done using Maytag washing machines in the early 1960′s when hospitals didn’t have many of the units available. More information here:

    http://www.case.edu/artsci/dittrick/site2/museum/artifacts/group-d/kidney.htm