Portable Dialysis Gives Grandma At-Home Care in Charlotte, NC

A new lease on life

By Christine McConville / The Pulse

Aurelie Blanchard feels like a teenager, at 70.

After years of dragging herself to a dialysis center twice a week to keep her failing kidneys functioning, this Methuen grandmother of 10 now gets to stay healthy – while staying home.

Thanks to “Clyde,” a portable dialysis machine made by NxStage Medical in Lawrence, Blanchard has reduced her health-care costs, improved her health and boosted her morale.
“I have my social life back,” she said last week.

Blanchard, who suffers from a rare autoimmune disease, is among the 500,000 Americans with kidney failure. To stay alive, she must remove waste products and water from her blood, via a complicated and costly medical procedure known as hemodialysis.

It’s a twice-a-week procedure that some Americans with kidney failure already rely on.

The number is expected to double in coming years as the nation faces the long-term complications of diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

That means our national health-care costs will soar, because Medicaid covers the enormous costs of hemodialysis.
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