Diaphragm Paralysis

Breathing pacemakers are indicated for patients with diaphragm paralysis who would otherwise be completely or partially dependent on mechanical ventilation so long as the phrenic nerve(s) and diaphragm(s) are intact. Patients with diseases in which the phrenic nerves have completely demyelinated, such as advanced ALS, or the diaphragm muscle is irreversibly atrophied,such as muscular dystrophy, are not candidates for diaphragm pacing.

Tina

Tina lives in Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Tina suffered with pneumonia for nine months starting in October 2008. Doctors later diagnosed Tina with a rare and congenital condition, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin. The deficiency of Alpha-1 can cause lung diseases in adults, and therefore is referred to “genetic COPD.” “I am doing great, I pace... Read More

Libanier

Libanier was only 6 years old when he was hit by a car. Even though he experienced a typical childhood, at the age of 16 he began to feel very weak and was diagnosed with post traumatic syringomyelia. In June 2014, while traveling to the Dominican Republic, he started having trouble with his breathing.... Read More

Michael

In 2005, Michael began to exhibit difficulty breathing. After an extensive workup and an unsuccessful trial with C-Pap, he was provided with a chest cuirass. About one week later, he suffered a stroke to the brain stem which paralyzed his diaphragms. Mike was left no other option than a tracheotomy and a mechanical ventilator. Michael... Read More