Breathing pacemakers are indicated for patients with diaphragm paralysis who would otherwise be completely or partially dependent on mechanical ventilation so long as the phrenic nerve(s) and diaphragm(s) are intact. Patients with diseases in which the phrenic nerves have completely demyelinated, such as advanced ALS, or the diaphragm muscle is irreversibly atrophied,such as muscular dystrophy, are not candidates for diaphragm pacing.
This is the Face of Ukraine "A real Christmas miracle!" Davyd and his family currently live in Ukraine. Last year, Davyd was implanted with the Avery diaphragm pacemaker. He now has the ability to breathe on his own and is only dependent on a ventilator for one hour a day. His family says [...]