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Miracle £100k bed helps George Michael battle lung problems

Jonathan Warren

28.11.2011

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Jonathan Warren
dv0302181George Michael is being kept safe by a "space-age" £100,000 bed created especially for critically-ill lung patients, it has been revealed today (November 28th). The star is fighting severe pneumonia in an intensive care room at AKH Hospital in Vienna, Austria, though it was recently reported that the 48-year-old singer had unforeseen complications which means that oxygen is not getting into the blood - an often-fatal issue. Known as the Triadyne Proventa "kinetic therapy" bed, people in acute respiratory distress are strapped into it and kept in place by moulded foam. The bed regularly tilts from side to side by as much as 40 degrees, relieving pressure on his lungs. Commenting on the star's situation, Carol Cooper - doctor at The Sun - said: "The bed has probably saved his life so far. But he is far from out of the woods yet. These beds are lifesavers and exceptionally expensive, even to use. "With the lungs not functioning well, the heart has to pump harder to shift the blood around the body, which would make it harder to survive. This bed tries to get the lungs functioning as best they can."

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