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This Device Could Save Your Life From the Coronavirus

A doctor in full protective gear works on a patient receiving ECMO therapy, which oxygenates the blood outside the body, in Wuhan, China. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 March 2020 03:48 PM EDT

A high-tech device that oxygenates a patient’s entire blood supply outside their body, then pumps it back in to provide life-giving oxygen to vital organs, may enable severely ill patients to survive the coronavirus, medical researchers say.  

Called an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system (ECMO), the device gives patients a fighting chance at survival after their lungs have been so ravaged by the virus that they can’t provide enough oxygen.

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A high-tech device that oxygenates a patient's entire blood supply outside their body, then pumps it back in to provide life-giving oxygen to vital organs, may help severely ill patients survive the coronavirus, medical researchers say. Called an extracorporeal membrane...
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