Cardio 6th July 2017

The tiny clip that fixes hearts

Erica’s life literally changed overnight. One day, the 38-year-old mother of four was playing in a tennis championship at her local club and the next day, she was having a heart attack. “I had no health problems. I had ...

by Karen Finn

Bones, Joints & Muscles 22nd June 2017

Body Proud: Willibald Panzer

Willibald Panzer (61) is passionate about sport. In 2010 he injured his left shoulder while playing beach volleyball. When the pain became unbearable, Willibald decided to have an artificial shoulder fitted. After the operation and subsequent rehabilitation therapy he was able to ...

by Editorial Team

Cardio 16th June 2016

How to mend a (real) broken heart

When a valve in Katja Jensen’s heart stopped working properly, doctors said surgery would be too risky. But doing nothing wasn’t an option, either. Katja found out that her aortic valve had narrowed to one-third of its normal ...

by Karen Finn

Family 9th June 2016

When blood donation gets personal

Natasha Louise Penney had always been aware of blood donation. But when her 18-month-old son was diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer, it took on a whole new meaning. Suddenly, all those “give blood” campaigns, which many of ...

by Karen Finn

Pure Tech 2nd June 2016

Floating hospital saves lives on the seas

A former oil tanker with 700 doctors, 5,000 units of blood and 12 operating rooms, this ship is as well-equipped as a large hospital The sheer size of the USNS Comfort and its sister ship, the Mercy is impressive: they are as high ...

by Gary Finnegan

Chronic Conditions 20th April 2016

Karl: 1 – Crohn’s: 0

It’s been an uphill struggle, but sports enthusiast Karl Tucker refuses to let Inflammatory Bowel Disease take over his life. He’s come a long way since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease two years ago, when “there were ...

by Karen Finn

Cardio 31st March 2016

The price of life

A nine-year-old girl from Bangladesh needs a €5,000 heart operation but her family’s income is just €70 per month. Now a charity is stepping in to provide less-invasive surgery – for free Fima has a hole in her heart. It causes palpitations ...

by Gary Finnegan

Family 7th March 2016

Saving babies in the womb

Doctors gave Hope Rollings a 10-20% chance of survival even before she was born. Today, the lively toddler is about to celebrate her 3rd birthday, thanks to life-saving surgery she had while still in the womb. At her 20-week scan, ...

by Karen Finn

Cancer 4th February 2016

Celebrating the end of cancer

For Sophie, New Year’s Eve was as much an “I don’t have cancer anymore” party as it was a celebration of her 18th birthday. To mark World Cancer Day, This Is Medtech shares Sophie’s tribute to 2016 and ...

by Karen Finn