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Richard exploring the world with his Avery system Richard was implanted with the Avery system by Dr. Keith Mortman at the George Washington University Hospital in August of 2018. Prior to being implanted with Avery’s Diaphragm Pacing System, his diaphragm paralysis was hindering his quality of life.  Richard stated that he used to [...]




Michael loves his Avery Pacemaker! In 2005, Michael began to exhibit difficulty breathing. After an extensive workup and an unsuccessful trial with C-Pap, he was provided with a chest cuirass. About one week later, he suffered a stroke to the brain stem which paralyzed his diaphragm. Mike was left no other option [...]




Brodie enjoying some time by the water In 1980, a trampoline accident at college rendered Brodie a C2-C3 quadriplegic at the age of 19.  Approximately four months later, he was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker system, and in 1983, Brodie had his tracheostomy closed. He then returned to college, completing his [...]




Keith loving life with his Avery Pacemaker In 1996, Keith, an 18-year-old diving and gymnastic enthusiast, suffered an accident on a trampoline which rendered him quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. He had a bilateral intercostal nerve graft and was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System. In 1997, after approximately seven months of nerve [...]




Anna enjoying her freedom from VPAP on a hike Anna was born in Denmark in 1996 and was diagnosed with CCHS at 11 months old. This meant that she had to use a VPAP bi-level machine as her primary means of ventilation, until she was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacing System [...]


Central Sleep Apnea With The Diaphragm Pacemaker


Carl with his grandson, Cash. Both now use the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker. Carl used to wake up in the morning “still tired, groggy and feeling fuzzy”. He discussed his experiences with his daughter, Tracey, and described feeling like he “had not slept at all”. Consultations with doctors did not result in any clear [...]

Central Sleep Apnea With The Diaphragm Pacemaker2021-04-20T13:35:52+00:00



Dalen enjoying life with the Avery Pacemaker In 2002, at the age of 52, Dalen fell from a ladder and was rendered a C2 quadriplegic and ventilator dependent. In 2014, Dalen was implanted with the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker to replace his mechanical ventilator.  He is now pacing 24/7 and is enjoying his [...]


Avery’s Ballerina


Elise has Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). Because Elise would get at least two infections a year, her doctor recommended the Avery Diaphragm Pacemaker. In November 2012, Elise was implanted at the Tulane University Hospital by Dr. Steiner. Six weeks after being implanted, Elise was pacing nine hours a night. Elise was also able to [...]

Avery’s Ballerina2021-03-23T13:04:51+00:00

Cassandra Graduates Medical School and Becomes Doctor with the Avery Pacer


Cassandra after graduating medical school In 2011, Cassandra started having several cases of pneumonia which led to a diagnosis of hypersensitive pneumonitis. Even though the doctors were not 100% sure of what Cassandra had, they referred to it as Acquired Central Hypoventilation Syndrome. Cassandra was sent to Uppsala Sweden because the doctors there [...]

Cassandra Graduates Medical School and Becomes Doctor with the Avery Pacer2021-03-23T13:04:31+00:00



Libanier enjoying life with the Avery Pacemaker Libanier was only 6 years old when he was hit by a car. Even though he experienced a typical childhood, at the age of 16 he began to feel very weak and was diagnosed with post traumatic syringomyelia. In June 2014, while traveling to the [...]