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The kidneys clean toxins out of the blood. They filter about 150 liters of blood per day and produce approximately one liter of urine. Renal failure occurs when the kidney filtration rate drops to 15% or less.
The patient must receive a transplant or begin dialysis. There is a huge need for accessible renal replacement therapy. In countries such as India and Pakistan, barely 10% of those in need, have access to the lifesaving treatment.
Inspired by this real world issue, I have focused on building a simple and highly affordable dialysis machine designed for use in the developing world. In order for anyone in need to benefit from the treatment, I sought to reduce the cost of the machine. Such a device has the potential to help make this lifesaving treatment accessible in impoverished countries. The average home-hemodialysis machine typically costs $25,000, whereas this new version costs less than $500 to produce.