Wearable Artificial Kidney Offers New Hope for Dialysis Patients

Chuck Lee is part of a clinical trial at the University of Washington School of Medicine where he tested a prototype of the machine.
1:40 | 11/10/15

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And they're tried and its efforts are low in sodium and then there's a serious hit she and chalk and see Andy lees retirement years chock is on a highly restricted diet. A group vowing that hurricane and three times a week he has dialysis. For four hours. The biggest thing as is being tethered to that machine. When you hook gotten stuck there and tell them okay. Checks diabetes resulted in end stage kidney failure the couple now builds their lives around these appointments. We were so used to having our freedom and both been retired for about twelve years and we just get up goal in all but not so much anymore. The better than the alternative yes. As part of a clinical trial that you Deb medicine chuck experienced 24 hours of renewed freedom when he tested a wearable artificial kidney. The ten pound belt did the work at this kidneys filtering blood. And while he stayed in the hospital under observation. The goal is to make it small and light enough for patients to go to work running Aronson travel all while on dialysis. It's a very much for prototype device. The study that we did was really a proof of concept study that such a device could be developed in the future and the something that. Patients around the country and around the world could use. It would also allow patients to loosen up their diet during his trial ran chalk indulged in forbidden foods. I think to a whose American cheese then added fuel as long night moon. And he felt better than he has in years if I had the money and they were available to they have bottom line. It would be right there on the pick and pop up my leash and come on news.

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