Hu Sonven lives in a makeshift artificial kidney

Chinese peasant lives 13 years on a self-made artificial kidney, which made itself.

A more precise - in the hemodialysis machine, assembled from discarded parts of the bathroom in a small farm house in eastern China. Three times a week a man named Hu Sonven comes to sit on the toilet on the artificial kidney, which built their own 13 years of kitchen utensils and old medical instruments.

In 1993, when Hu Sonven studied at the Institute, he developed renal failure. For regular cleaning of blood had to resort to dialysis in the hospital. In six years, visiting the cabinet with an artificial kidney Chinese impoverished and decided to no longer pay doctors.

Each procedure dialysis blood drawn at home in the closet, a resident of the Chinese heartland costs 60 yuan, which is 8 times cheaper than a similar procedure in the clinic. Whenever Hu Sonven putting themselves at risk - two of his colleagues were killed in misfortune after the construction and use of such home artificial kidney.

Hu dialysis liquid itself prepared using purified water, sodium and potassium chlorides and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Connect to the machine, craftsman introduces two tubes in the vein catheters hands. At one point, the blood is pumped into another - returns free of chemical waste.

Chinese kidney disease means that his blood potassium and sodium accumulate in quantities of life-threatening. Therefore dialysis fluid Hu Sonven invented such that its ionic composition of sodium and potassium was similar to that of healthy human blood. When the blood and fluids are run through the machine, excess sodium and potassium pass through the membrane from the blood solution. Also Hu acid accumulates in the blood, so your solution Sonven adds soda.

Doctors periodically threaten all sorts of DIY infections - due to the fact that the farmer is using non-sterile water. When the press made Hu Sonvenya famous and learned of his fate at the top, the government offered Hu walk on hemodialysis in the hospital for the same money that he spends on blood purification at home. However, the patient is very awkward, because the nearest hospital with an artificial kidney is not in the corner and there's always a queue and crush.


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