We're not exactly sure how we feel about an external lung (okay, we're completely grossed out, but we're a bunch of pansies when it comes to this stuff anyway), but a Welsh company is looking to introduce one such device in order to aid those with breathing problems. Haemair's Respiratory Aid and Prosthetic Lung would theoretically be worn around the belt and incorporated with a "complete prosthetic lung that will employ no electrical or mechanical parts." By being external, it enables it to be easily maintained, and the simple reversibility is important for "treating emergency and acute cases for which the device might be needed for no more than hours or weeks." As of now, the company is still developing the final product, but just as soon as it can establish that maintenance-free operation is feasible over the long-term, consider the game decidedly "on."

[Via medGadget]

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Haemair envisions external prosthetic lung and respiratory aid