Can save hundreds of thousands of lives and avert their financial ruin.
I’m Dr. Edward Lin, a physician (board-certified anesthesiologist), inventor, and Founder of the startup, HealO Medical.
This is a most unusual GoFundMe request for HealO and after you read through it, you’ll understand why it’s so important. For all of us, for our nation, and for the world. And, YES, you will make a difference!
THE DEBILITATING PROBLEM (and killer which gives little warning)
In our ongoing COVID pandemic, 20% of the population develop severe—initially silent—hypoxia (low oxygen in the body) that is associated with crippling multi-organ damage. Sixty-six million Americans are at risk of the resultant debilitation. There is the likelihood that the highly mutation-prone SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus, like the perennial flu virus, may be with us long term, requiring annual vaccinations.
CHALLENGES IN THE TREATMENT FOR HYPOXIA
Because the hypoxia is initially not obvious as it progressively damages the lungs and the rest of our body, by the time patients feel sick enough to go to the hospital, their lungs are already substantially damaged (boggy and tattered, like an old waterlogged sponge); too damaged to enable adequate oxygen exchange. Such lungs are too frail to withstand the repeated trauma from forced ventilation and give out, so most patients on ventilators die. As a direct consequence of not having something effective to protect and treat patients early, many suffer significant lung damage and over 500,000 Americans have died.
THE SOLUTION TO TREATING COVID PATIENTS
HealO Medical has engineered a highly effective oxygenating system named SentriO Oxy™. It enables high-oxygen treatment early on, at home, immediately upon diagnosis of COVID with an oxygen saturation of 94% or lower. Special capabilities and advantages include:
1. Delivers ultra-high oxygen concentration deep into the lungs (comparable to a ventilator) via a specially engineered combination of valves. If and when oxygen supply is short or limited, a sequential opening of certain valves deliver O2 preferentially into the lungs and then fill the anatomical dead space with room air where no oxygen exchange takes place. The patient is breathing spontaneously (for herself/ himself) and in the comfort of home or a regular hospital bed.
2. Designed for use by spontaneously breathing patients. This means there is no need for skilled knowledge (such as that from an anesthesiologist, pulmonologist, or ICU doctor) to avoid trauma to already weakened lung tissue. The oxygen source is a home oxygen concentrator having 5-10 liters per minute capability.
3. Eliminates the need for I.V. (intravenous) sedatives or paralytic drugs (euphemistically referred to as “muscle relaxants”). When the patients’ skeletal muscles are paralyzed, their lives are literally in the hands of the doctor(s) operating the ventilator. If there is accidental extubation (such as when patients are turned from supine to prone to improve oxygenation), the patient would be incapable of breathing and could die.
4. Reduces the extreme financial burden on patients. At $190/day compared to $3,900/day on average for a hospital bed (and $13,000/day for an ICU bed with a ventilator), the SentriO Oxy is extremely economical, helps pare down our healthcare costs and potentially saves innumerable families from financial ruin.
5. Designed to conserve oxygen, a scarce resource in developing nations. The oxygen requirement is so low that the SentriO can be run at home, off an oxygen concentrator delivering a 5 LPM (liters per minute) flow compared to a ventilator requiring 200-250 LPM and an HFNC at 60-80 LPM.
TREATING MORE THAN JUST COVID
SentriO Oxy isn’t just useful for acute COVID protection and recovery. Its usefulness will continue for chronic COVID Syndrome and for end-stage cardiopulmonary diseases where the patients’ quality of life will be elevated by a higher oxygen reserve—enabling them to live life at a more functional and meaningful level.
VACCINES ARE GOOD ONLY FOR PREVENTION
COVID vaccines are here, but they are NOT usable as treatment. In fact, 130 nations have yet to receive even a single dose. We all share a common humanity. The more contagious and deadly UK, S. Africa and Brazil variants all originated elsewhere. Unvaccinated populations everywhere enable mutations that spread and affect others far away.
DEVASTATING ECONOMIC RUIN ON THE HORIZON FOR MANY
COVID is projected by Harvard economists to cost the U.S. $16 trillion. That’s $16,000,000,000,000, or an average debt burden of more than $47,000 per American. This is a debt burden we and our children will have to carry in one form or another.
This effort is likely to save and improve millions of lives—possibly including yours or that of someone you love or deeply care about—during this pandemic. Our nation is in a drawn-out crisis, and what we’re trying to accomplish at HealO requires the effort of many who believe in a greater cause. This is a call for service beyond self. So, please, read carefully and share this page with everyone in your network. Thank you.
This appeal aims to get a new oxygenating mask system that I’ve invented (named SentriO Oxy™) to as many hypoxic (meaning poorly oxygenated) COVID patients as possible. It’d enable them to:
1) avoid hospitalization
2) safely recover at home, and
3) reduce their risk of severe multi-organ damage from Chronic
COVID Syndrome (CSS) also known as “long haul COVID”.
At only $190, the daily cost of using SentriO Oxy at home is less than 5% of the $3,900 average daily cost of hospitalization in the U.S. For those lucky enough to recover from hospitalization, 76% still suffer from symptoms such as fatigue and weakness that constitute “Long COVID”, or Chronic COVID Syndrome. A marathon runner with no strength, previously fit individuals too weak to carry out daily activities, patients suffering from “foggy brain” and memory loss, and musculoskeletal pain and weakness. These devastating long-term health effects and rehabilitation are projected to cost $8.5 trillion ($8,500,000,000,000).
But we can sharply reduce that burden and save countless lives IF WE TAKE ACTION NOW.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
Even though there are signs that hospital admissions are finally coming down, this is no time to be complacent as multiple more dangerous variants are brewing and experts are warning of a resurgence. Between reduced vaccine efficacy, vaccine hesitancy and pandemic fatigue, the future remains uncertain. Our healthcare workers have been so overworked and fatigued, and most are near the breaking point. 3,000 healthcare workers have already died in the line of duty. Recent situation was dire with no beds, hospitals low on oxygen, and EMTs being told not to transport patients unlikely to survive. We must prepare now (takes 8-10 weeks just to build a new tool) to be ready to protect and oxygenate patients with acute or chronic COVID syndrome. And this time we can treat them early, and at home and keep them from developing the hypoxia-induced severe cardiopulmonary damage.
The SentriO Oxy serves a substantial unmet need by providing highly effective, easy-to-use yet low-cost oxygenation that can save and protect millions of people from economic and medical ruin.
SO, WHY THE GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN AND WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
The SentriO Oxy requires expensive precision tooling. Each mold costs $60,000 with reduced output due to precision and complexity. Current capacity can meet only 1% of the national need. My team and I lack funding to ramp up operations to serve that need (please see details below). We have a genuine national and global crisis to address. In fact, 130 nations have yet to receive any vaccines. Millions of lives can be protected and saved with the SentriO Oxy.
For every dollar donated towards making SentriO Oxy more available, thousands of dollars in near-term costs—and FAR more in long-term rehabilitation costs —can be avoided. But more importantly, we are saving lives, preserving the very fabric of our families, our society, so there are enough good capable people left to help rebuild this nation, this world, again. And that, we cannot afford NOT to do.
So, won’t you please lend a hand? Any amount you can give will help. No amount is too small or too large. Let’s aim high, and together make a BIG positive difference. You will see it when you believe it. Watch my TED talk on how I came to America as a teenager, my American odyssey, and why I am driven to work with and for my fellow Americans to make a difference.
The U.S. government has paid out $12.4 billion to fund Operation Warp Speed—that’s just for vaccine development and starter doses. We’re trying to protect and save the lives of millions of acutely infected. There are no small price tags for a disaster of this magnitude. A $60,000 mold (tooling alone) can only meet 1% (one percent) of the anticipated national need.
Our initial goal is to raise $200,000, and that will immediately make a significant, measurable difference for 4,000 more lives. We will then raise the bar and goal for the next level, and the next, as we progressively expand our capabilities to make this low-cost solution available to more people and more nations.
This funding is for a private enterprise that is taking the initiative to help protect and save as many lives as possible. We will be transparent, post how we use the funds and the progress we make. 100% of donations are guaranteed to be used directly for one or more of the purposes below:
1. Tooling and purchase of supplies to ramp up production and distribution to areas of greatest need.
2. Buying at least 10,000 medical-grade oxygen concentrators (or as many as are available) to support home use of the SentriO Oxy™.
3. Donating to needy hospitals across the country, such as the MLK Community Hospital in LA, and internationally, as resources permit.
Regardless of whether you can donate $10, $100, $1,000, or more, please help spread the word. Somewhere, there may be a philanthropist willing to step forward and donate $1M or $10M and join hands with us to save lives.
I'm mindful this is a heartbreakingly difficult time for millions of Americans and I tear up and feel anguished by the avoidable pain, suffering, and death. The call to duty to reduce that suffering tugs at my heartstrings to do what I can, even as a private citizen. I am truly blessed and privileged to be able to use my knowledge and creativity to help solve another unmet need of humanity. And to that never-ending goal, I'm committed to dedicate my life. As I reflect on my improbable American Odyssey of coming to America at age 16 by writing to Mayor Lindsay of New York City, and having good Samaritans come out of nowhere to help me (such as the Henderson and Sara Riggs family of Albany, NY, the William and Jean Bode family and the Bruce and Jean Shear family, both of Slingerlands, NY), my heart wells with gratitude for the opportunity they have created for me. I'm paying forward as a way of honoring them. God willing, and with your help, we can reduce more suffering yet to come. And possibly save some lives that may someday germinate new hopes for humanity.
On behalf of my entire team at HealO Medical, we express our gratitude and thanks for your invaluable support and generous donations. Please donate now.
Spread the word of our quest! Together, we will accomplish our mission.
Questions or wish to help in other ways? Please contact Dave Szczepaniuk via "DaveS at HealOMedical dot com" or “Support at HealOMedical dot com”.
Dr. Edward Lin and the HealO Medical team
Physician, Inventor, Founder, and CEO of HealO Medical
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I'm a firm believer that we chart our own destiny and what we do today can have an unimaginable ripple effect far and wide. Please indulge me in sharing a great story. It affirms my belief that we are all interconnected as one in humanity. And if we all work, whether in our own ways or in synergy, towards the common goal to create a better world, there is no limit to the good we can achieve:
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to
make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He
dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An
elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the
offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is
anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can be proud of."
And that he did.
In time, Farmer Fleming's son graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in
London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir
Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the nobleman's son was stricken with pneumonia.
What saved him? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.
And his son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.
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