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Portable lung created

9th March 2009

Scientists at Swansea University have created a portable lung which could be used to give people with lung disorders the chance to "lead a normal life".

The machine, which is about the size of a glasses case, could be given to patients instead of lung transplants. The device allows blood to be oxygenated outside the body. Professor Bill Johns, who came up with the idea, said: "It is important that we make something that will help people, who instead of being confined to a wheelchair with an oxygen bottle, can actually walk around and do things for themselves."


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