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Former Patient Thanks Hospital with a Deltex CardioQ ODM

A man diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease recently returned to the hospital that saved his life to present them with one of Deltex Medical’s CardioQ-ODM machines as a thank you gift.

Fleck Ditchburn spent 175 days at the West Cumberland Hospital last year after being admitted with a collapsed lung and pneumonia.

Mr Ditchburn was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and his health gradually deteriorated. However, the former marathon runner has scaled Skiddaw and Blake Fell in his wheelchair to raise the money needed to buy the oesophageal Doppler monitor (ODM) for the unit that saved his life – as a token of his thanks.

On his experience at the hospital, Mr Ditchburn states:

“Following two painful, sleepless nights on general wards, I was admitted to ICU. Consultants, doctors and nurses gave me little chance of survival but through their skill, determination and care, I am here to tell my story."

The monitor is designed to help reduce the amount of time spent in hospital after surgery.

Dr Fiona Graham, Consultant Anaesthetist at West Cumberland Hospital, said:

"The monitor offers many advantages for both our patients and the NHS. The staff in ICU would like to thank Fleck for his incredible fundraising efforts in order to raise the money needed for the device."


For more information on the CardioQ-ODM from Deltex Medical, please visit the CardioQ-ODM product page. Alternatively, speak to your local hospital representative or contact PEI directly on +353 1 419 6900.

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