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  • Hu sets up his homemade dialysis machine on January 16. Zhu Jipeng/CFP
     
     
    Hu sets up his homemade dialysis machine on January 16. Zhu Jipeng/CFP
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DIY Dialysis

Diagnosed with kidney disease in 1993, Hu Songwen spent six years receiving hemodialysis treatment in the hospital. But after healthcare costs continued to eat into his family's savings, Hu said he was forced to create a homemade hemodialysis machine from everyday items. Each round of self-serviced hemodialysis costs him about 60 yuan, about an eighth of what Hu spent on individual hospital treatments.

01.21.2013
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