Wednesday 17 July 2019

Irish man develops low-cost dialysis system that experts say could save millions of lives

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Wayne O’Connor

AN Irish man is being lauded after he developed a low-cost dialysis system that experts say may save millions of lives.

Vincent Garvey (63) won a global competition in Australia where inventors were tasked with developing the world’s first low-cost dialysis machine.

Mr Garvey, who originally hails from Donaghpatrick, Co Meath, says the system runs on solar power and can purify water from any source by converting it to steam.

The Affordable Dialysis Prize was established by The George Institute for Global Health, the International Society of Nephrology and the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology with prize money of $US100,000 offered after researchers found that more than seven million people were dying needlessly each year because they could not access ­dialysis or kidney transplants.

Mr Garvey’s sister, Maria Garvey said he has dedicated his life to inventing life-changing equipment, including safe connectors for cordless kettles.

“We are very proud of him. We are utterly delighted as a family because he has put his life’s work into this,” she said.

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