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New Stroke Treatment

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When someone suffers a stroke every second counts.

Time is brain. Two million brain cells die every minute that blood flow is interrupted leaving some patients severely impaired and disabled.

But new hope could soon be available thanks to a device that was developed in Chattanooga, Tennessee by a high school student.

"It was almost like an ah-ha moment to me. Why don't you just pump blood through that catheter past the clot in the brain?" says Christian Devlin.

That ah-ha moment from Devlin could soon be saving lives in hospitals and stroke centers across the country.

"Anything that allows that time for us to go up there and remove the clot, that's obviously impacting the patients outcome from the procedure."

Dr. Blaise Baxter an Interventional Radiologist, worked with Christian and Dr. Tom Devlin, Christian's father to develop and perfect this design for the Brain Perfusion Device. They were recently awarded a patent.. and hope it will be on the fast track for testing on humans within the next two years.

"Basically what the idea I had was we go up into the brain with a catheter past the clot in the brain," says Devlin. "We take blood out of one side of your leg and one artery in your leg and we can actually pump it through the other leg and back through a catheter system."

While this may seem quite advanced and amazing for a teenager, it's not too far fetched. Christian has been exposed to medicine his entire life, both parents are physicians.

"I said to myself what a fantastic idea this is, why didn't I think of that myself."

Dr. Tom Devlin didn't, but his son did and this neurosurgeon says the device could be a game changer for treating stroke patients.

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