Finally! The World's First Dialysis Machine for Kids is Here

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 24, 2014

World's first miniaturised kidney dialysis machine has saved the lives of at least 8 babies so far in the previous 9 months. The miniaturised kidney dialysis machine was built by Italian scientists who by themselves raised money for the machine. Until the machine was built, babies with kidney failure were treated with machines that were built for adults. These machines were provided with smaller filters as well as other imprecise adaptations to draw too much or too little of the waste fluid that is building up inside the body of the baby.

dialysis for kidsCompanies were for all this while unwilling to put money in building machines for babies because they are not profitable. This made Ronco and his colleagues to launch a fundraising programme by hosting sports games as well as concerts to gather money for the machine. They finally collected around 300,000 euros to buid the prototype. This effort received attention from two Italian manufacturers, which finally brought the CARPEDIUM or Cardio-Renal Paediatric Dialysis Emergency Machine into existence.


The first beneficiary of the machine is a girl who had multiple organ failure and was weighing only 2.9 kilograms. The baby was treated in August the previous year. Ronco said that the baby was almost dead and could not be treated using any other treatment method and that is when the CARPEDIUM was used. The girl underwent 25 days of dialysis and was finally sent home after 50 days with normalised organ function.

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