DIY dialysis machine saves baby’s life

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DIY dialysis machine saves baby’s life

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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.

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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

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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