Blind Patient Gains Freedom with At-Home Dialysis Machine
Although Jeremy Patrick Starr had lost 99% of his vision, he was still able to learn how to perform peritoneal dialysis on his own. He says that being able to treat himself in the comfort of his own home has increased his quality of life tenfold.
"I felt comfortable with the machine from the first day," he says. "I would say ‘intuitive' is a good word to describe it."
The AMIA Automated Peritoneal Dialysis System with Sharesource Connectivity Platform has given Jeremy the freedom to live his life on his own terms, despite his disability. He recognizes that the world was designed for those with full use of their senses and abilities, and he says it's refreshing to see a company like Baxter create a system he can use easily.
"It's nice to see a company like this make a product that I can breeze through. If I can breeze through it, anyone can," he says.
The machine comes with SHARESOURCE Connectivity, a remote patient monitoring platform, so that Jeremy's healthcare providers can check on him in Sagkeeng, Manitoba from Winnipeg.
"It's almost as if I were in their care in the clinic with them monitoring me, which is really comforting," Jeremy says. "Even something as serious as kidney failure doesn't have to hold you back from having a full, rich life."