are developing a portable lung which could help people with breathing problems
lead a normal life.
University scientists say their device, which oxygenates blood outside the body
before it goes through the lungs, could be an alternative to transplants,
giving hope to those who suffer from conditions such as emphysema and cystic
Bill Johns came up with the idea after his son died of Cystic Fibrosis.
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," the BBC quoted him, as saying.
the research has been welcomed by leading charities, caution has also been
voiced over the length of time it will take before a portable lung will become
Mulholland, head of the British Lung Foundation, said: "We have to stress
that this is several years away from being used, even in a trial stage. While
we welcome the advances, we have to be realistic and know that one in five
people could do with that help now."