Transplant News stories from September, 2015

Anya Pogharian, Montreal teen inventor, takes portable dialysis machine to the world

Pogharian was 17 when she invented an inexpensive and portable dialysis machine.

Pogharian said she’s been working non-stop to improve her portable machine, which costs about $500 to build. Currently, dialysis machines cost about $30,000.

She said its efficacy, simplicity and portability make it ideal for the developing world and in disaster zones.

Héma-Québec, the non-profit organization that manages the province’s blood products and human tissue and ensures the safety of blood supply, offered her an internship, allowing her to try her prototype on real blood.

Pogharian and her team hoped it would filter four litres of blood in two and half hours. It took only 25 minutes.

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