12:26 GMT15 July 2020
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    What started off as a science project has developed into an efficient and affordable treatment for patients with kidney failure.

    Canadian teenager Anya Pogharian, 17, has invented a dialysis machine that could be used at home, sparing patients several visits to the hospital every week.

    “It takes a lot of energy out of them. They’re very tired after a dialysis treatment,” Pogharian told CBC News.

    "You wouldn’t have to make your way to the hospital, which is a problem for a lot of patients. It’s not necessarily easy to make your way to the hospital three times a week, especially it you have limited mobility.”

    The high school student got the idea for the project while volunteering at a hospital dialysis unit. She worked on her invention for 300 hours.

    Her dialysis machine costs only $500, compared to the hospital’s that is being sold for $30,000.

    The young inventor was offered a summer internship by Héma-Québec to test out her machine with real blood. She also earned what CBC called a “slew of awards and scholarships.”

    Anya Pogharian, Canada, Montreal
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