An American student made medical history recently when he wore an artificial kidney (a portable dialysis machine) to college in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SV Student wearing portable Kidney machine
CU Kidney machine strapped to body.
CU Newsgirl talking to student. "I don't feel...than I have before."(2 shots)
SV Student wearing portable machine walking through corridor
CU PAN FORM Beside Machine to patient on bed. (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Patients TO machine. (2 shots)
SV Student sitting at desk answering telephone and walking around office. (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: GINA STOCKI: "When twenty-year old engineering student Levi Porteer strapped on a machine and walked to the hall of the university's medicine centre, not many people know he is undergoing kidney dialysis. Levi is the first patient to use the wearable artificial kidney -- a machine that helps the university researcher's bill."
"I don't feel quite as tired as I do at night. I can go about working at my laboratory a lot longer than I have before."
"The portable unit will make dialysis cheaper and more convenient for the patient. It weighed normally seven pounds and could eventually be produced for about one thousand dollars. Conventional dialysis treatments in the hospital now costs about four-thousand-and-fifty dollars a week. Many families purchased dialysis units for home use at a cost of four-thousand to ten-thousand dollars. However, the patients must still remain bed-ridden during the eighteen to thirty hours a week attached to the machine. The portable unit will eliminate most of these inconveniences. Researchers emphasise that the wearable artificial kidney is a redesign of conventional dialysis machines in which all component parts have been simplified and miniaturised. The developers here say their ultimate goal is to build one small enough to be worn continuously."
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This film includes a commentary by TVN reporter Gina Stocki and Porter's answer to her question.
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Background: An American student made medical history recently when he wore an artificial kidney (a portable dialysis machine) to college in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Levi Porter, 20, was the first patient to use the wearable machine, which will make dialysis cheaper and more convenient. It weighs only seven pounds and could eventually be produced for about 1,000 dollars (about 1,700 to 4,350 pounds sterling).
But the patient must still remain bed-ridden during the 18-30 hours a week attached to the machine.