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Man hopes medical device invention keeps many out of hospital

Thursday, January 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By Craig Fox
Watertown Daily Times, 12/26/19

 

Andy Williams was on his way home from one of his many camping trips in the Adirondacks when he came up with an idea that changed his life.

Suffering from a rare nerve disorder for years, Williams was prone to getting infections from the feeding tube that he uses to help treat his illnesses.

He was frequently going to the emergency room for infections, caused by leakage from feeding tubes. It often resulted in hospitalization.

In current practice, a feeding tube is surgically placed directly into the digestive tract, but the tube is prone to leakage. Acidic fluids can irritate and injure patients. Leakage also can make social lives difficult, preventing patients from living a normal life.

Williams, a former Watertown resident who moved to Cleveland, Ohio, two years ago so he could be close to the treatment he needs, invented a device that protects the opening in the abdomen, called a stoma. The medical device has kept him from the many trips to the hospital that had become a part of his life.

“My life changed the day I made it,” Williams said. And it could help 500,000 patients on feeding tubes in the United States, according to the Cleveland Clinic, which has been involved in developing the device.

 

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