In this health video learn how HIV, Hepatitis C, the Avian flu and the Ebola Virus may have all met their match. This new device may be able to clean these dangerous toxins out of patients' blood.
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Kevin Doherty: Then they told me that I should go some place and live the rest of my days where I'd be happy. Pamela Simpson: Well I start to cry, I am going to die. John Paul Womble: For me, I got sick, I knew something was wrong. Jennifer Matthews: All three of these people are suffering from HIV, all three know their blood is toxic. John Paul Womble: I remember lying in bed thinking, I am going to die. I'm going to die, I feel so sick. And I remember thinking, lying in that bed and I know exactly what it is. Jennifer Matthews: But this machine could help clean John Paul's infected blood and keep him healthier longer. Jim Joyce : It's designed to mimic the natural immune response of clearing viruses and toxins before cells and organs can be infected. Jennifer Matthews: The Hemopurifier works like a dialysis machine. In fact, it fits right into pre-existing dialysis machines. Antibodies on these spaghetti-like fibers capture and remove viruses as blood filters through it. Jim Joyce: Entire circulation flows through the cartridge about once every eight minutes. Jennifer Matthews: The entire cleaning process takes just a few hours. It could help patients infected with HIV and hepatitis C. Researchers are also working to see if the Hemopurifier can help cancer patients. Latest tests show it removes particles that inhibit the ability of the immune system to combat cancer. Jim Joyce: The cartridge is able to selectively capture viruses. Jennifer Matthews: This larger machines would be used in a hospital, but this smaller ones could be taken to emergencies. It could be a life-safer against the avian flu or bio-weapons like Ebola and small pox. John Paul Womble: I don't have to be afraid. I have a virus. I've got to do something about that virus. I've got to treat that virus. I've got to live as healthy as I can, but this virus is not going to control me. Jennifer Matthews: And this medical breakthrough may give John Paul the control he is looking for. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.

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