Chinese man kept alive for 13 years with homemade dialysis machine

Engineering Evil

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 The New Paper

CHINA – A man in China suffering from kidney disease has been using a homemade dialysis machine for the last 13 years.

Mr Hu Songwen, from Nantong, Jiangsu province, was diagnosed with uraemia in 1993, reported the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly.

For six years, he received 13 dialysis treatments a month and this used up his family’s savings, the paper reported.

Mr Hu began experimenting with the machine in 1996, buying the necessary parts and solutions to conduct blood-filtering treatment at home.

He said the process costs only 60 yuan (S$12) each time, eight times cheaper than the cost of haemodialysis in a hospital.

Mr Hu built his own haemodialysis machine with medical equipment, such as a blood pump and plastic tubing bought from a local market, reported Xinhua news agency.

Three times a week, Mr Hu sits on a small toilet in his…

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