"I’m glad I don’t live in the US, where they won’t have this procedure for another 2 or 3 years”
Merle was an athletic working mother and wife until her struggle with hypertension began to take its toll. Doctor after doctor prescribed a regiment of tablets that proved to be temporary fixes for her constant malaise. It was a renal denervation procedure that would eventually help Merle get her health back on track. Using a medical device available today only in the European Union, the procedure removes nerves in the kidney that lead to drug-resistant hypertension, allowing patients like Merle to get back to their active family-centred lives.
"What prevents me from getting on with my life isn’t mobility, it’s incontinence. And this is where the medical technology industry plays a big role."
British citizen Michael Cogswell was injured in a skiing accident in 1999 while on holiday in France. Michael suffered multiple injuries and was left with permanent paraplegia in the upper chest. Due to the severity of his injuries, Michael also became bowel and bladder incontinent. Faecal and urinary incontinence are constantly associated with adverse effects on the quality of life for patients. The patient perception of such incontinences on their lifestyle is important. Even mild incontinence has a significant effect on a patient's quality of life and must therefore be taken seriously.
"I love my continuous glucose monitor because it enables me to do things I’ve always dreamt of doing, like sailing around the world"
Bastian, a German diabetic patient, always wanted to go and sail around the world, until he got diagnosed Type 1 diabetes. His Continuous Glucose Monitor allowed him to sail around the world.
Although skeptical in the beginning, Bastian's sailing crew did allow him to join after he showed them the actual device, which would not only allow Bastian to verify his condition, but the entire team. This was convincing enough for the rest of the team to let Bastian on board of the boat and realise his dream.
"Before the procedure, I could cycle 800 metres, now I can do 7 or 8 kilometres"
Medical device innovator Henning Andersen worked tirelessly on a new device and procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation to treat patients with a faulty aorta. Little did he know, his own father, Jorgen, would ultimately benefit from his invention.
For Jorgen and other patients, (TAVI) was his only chance at survival. The procedure, which was approved in Europe in 2007, is an innovative way to implant an artificial aortic valve inside a patient without having to undergo open heart surgery (surgical aortic valve replacement).
"I would like to say 'thank you' for developing the tools that kept me alive".
Hylke Sieders suffers from a spinal cord injury and shares what impact such injury has on him and his family. He also takes about his wish to set up a foundation for spinal cord research and be more in touch with manufacturers to help innovate the current medical technologies for people living with a spinal cord injury.
“This has changed my life beyond all recognition”
Ben struggled from a young age with the effects of Spondyolepiphyseal dysplasia tarda, an arthritis-like condition that causes wear and tear on the long bones. Ben’s condition worsened with age and he was faced with the prospect of spending his life on crutches.
It was a hip implant that would ultimately free Ben form his crutches and allow him what he calls "the simple pleasure" of walking hand in hand with his girlfriend.