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Former Marine builds breathing pump from B&Q parts

Published: 8 August 2016
A former Royal Marine has reportedly built a DIY breathing device for his ailing mother out of parts bought from B&Q and Halfords.
According to The Sun, Scottish Tom Burke created a pump to help his mother, who has cancer, breathe more easily following a dispute with her doctors. According to the report, he was told by doctors that there were no aspirator pumps available for her.

He bought a pump attachment, hosepipe and latex tubing which he powered with his own electric drill to make his own aspirator. He said: "I did some research online and identified what was needed was a hand-held aspirator, also known as a mucus pump. It's the same idea used at the dentists to keep your mouth clear."

Mr Burke was able to buy the items he needed to make the pump for £18, and said it took him 20 minutes to build and test the device. He was then able to use the device on his mother to help relieve some of her symptoms and make her more comfortable.

Mr Burke's mother unfortunately passed away on June 7, and Mr Burke has since demanded an investigation into her death.


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