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DIY Dialysis - an Ultimate Make? Answered

There are makers, and there are Makers.

Two years ago, Dr Malcolm Coulthard, of Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, had a patient too small for dialysis. The baby girl had suffered kidney problems following bowel surgery, but, at only 6 lbs in weight, she was too small even for the "child sized" dialysis machines.

Rather than let the girl die, Dr Coulthard, with the help of senior children's kidney nurse Jean Crosier, designed and built her a dialysis machine from scratch in his garage.

Every so often, the idea of Instructables Awards pops up, but only for people on the site. Kitewife said now they are people who deserve a Robot patch, and agree, but more so. We need to recognise the achievements of people like this, so I propose we set up an award - the Ultimate Maker award.

Nothing dramatic, just a simple certificate they can frame, a Robot patch, and maybe a logo they can display on their website if they have one.

What say you, Makers?

BBC Story

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Labot2001

10 years ago

I don't even know what a dialysis machine is, but if he built one in his garage, I want whatever is in his toolbox!

This guy definitely deserves title of "Ultimate Maker".

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KitemanLabot2001

Reply 10 years ago

Basically, it's an artificial kidney, filtering toxins and wastes from the blood.

See here.

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skunkbait

10 years ago

That's what I like to see, DIY for the benefit of the helpless. This guy is a REAL hero!

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linuxmomskunkbait

Reply 10 years ago

.....with the help of senior children's kidney nurse.......so is she!!!

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NachoMahma

10 years ago

. Why not a Kiteman Award? Find a certificate template (should be plenty of free ones online), fill in the blanks, print it out, post it. . Maybe one of the artists on here can design an award graphic for web pages.

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KitemanNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

Not a Kiteman Award. I could post them any number of certificates, but a certificate from one person means very little (unless maybe that one man is Bill Gates or Alan Sugar).

It needs to be an award from something much larger - Instructables.

Sure, I don't mind being the one who sticks the stamps on, or even sign the certificate, but it's not my award.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

i learn at least one new thing every day :-) So that is who founded Amstrad ...

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

> but a certificate from one person means very little
. I disagree. It might not carry the weight of a prestigious institution such as Instructables, but I bet it would mean a lot to most ppl.
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. But I do agree that some sort of Non-Instructable Instructables Award would be a great idea. See V-Man737's Aug 5, 2008, comment plus recipients would likely sign up, which would make Ibles an even more valuable resource.

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KitemanNachoMahma

Reply 10 years ago

True. A press-release (and messages to various blogs? Boing-Boing?) associated with the award would also help.

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killerjackalope

10 years ago

I always wondered how hard building a dialysis machine would be...

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killerjackalopeKeith-Kid

Reply 10 years ago

Actually I did, unlike some people keith I understand how a kidney works...

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bumpus

10 years ago

Maker I say yes!

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KitemanKeith-Kid

Reply 10 years ago

Error 400? Did you delete it? Sorry if I stole your thunder.

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V-Man737

10 years ago

Wonderful idea. The more prestigious acts are rewarded, the more well-known and valuable the Instructables award will be, and thus Instructables will also get some good publicity. Plus I just think that that guy building a dialysis machine in his garage is so boss and the absolute spirit of Instructables.