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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stanford: Teen patients, clinicians create solutions for medical issues they say need a fix

From left, volunteer Chloe Hong, 16, helps double lung transplant patient Zack Hart, 12, with a medicine dispensing water bottle holder prototype during the Design Daze event sponsored by The DFarm at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday, August 13, 2016. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) ( LiPo Ching )


PALO ALTO -- Zack Hart hates having to swallow 13 pills every day to bolster his limited lung capacity.

Megan Mehta loves her heart doctor, but said he's so busy that he's sometimes hours late for her appointments.

And Sina Sulunga-Kahaialii thinks there's got to be an easier way for kidney patients to get a home dialysis machine that matches the height of their beds.

These aren't frustrated adults talking. They're patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital who are waiting for or have recently received life-saving organ transplants.

And this weekend, after putting their heads together at a workshop at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, where two of them are living, they came up with some practical solutions to a few health care challenges that they -- and many of the rest of us -- have confronted. Continue reading
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