AN AWARD-WINNING young innovator said the experience of watching his mother on a ventilator in his childhood, as well as the difficulties faced by patients during the __, inspired him to develop his product.

Oxford-based Mihir Sheth, 28, developed RespiTrain, a device that keeps a patient’s muscles working when they are on a ventilator to avoid muscle wastage.

It helps to wean patients off the ventilator quicker and claims to reduce the time spent by patients on the device by 30 per cent. It could potentially save the NHS more than £1 billion annually.

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