Medical science has been unable to find a solution to avoiding the excruciating pain of passing a kidney stone, but it seems that a certain Chinese man has cracked the code.
Zhu Qinghua is a 52-year-old rice farmer from Jiangxi, whose wife had been suffering from kidney problems since 1993. She already had her left kidney removed because of failure, but soon found stones in her right one. Since operating the only kidney was too dangerous, she was advised by the doctors to pass them out naturally.
As most of us know, how excruciating and painful the process of passing a kidney stone is, and her husband couldn’t bear to watch her in so much anguish. So in 1997, he thought of an ingenious kidney stone-removing bed. Zhu took about one month in drawing the model of his invention and spent just 1,000 yuan ($145) to build it using spare materials in the house.
The bed can rotate 360 degrees while keeping the user upside down on a very sharp angle. It can also vibrate using a tractor driving wheel, which helps in dislodging the kidney stones. Zhu claims that his wife only had to stay in bed for 10 minutes for five days, and on the sixth day she passed her stone painlessly.
Of course, after it was successful, the news of this remarkable bed spread like wildfire, and flocks of people started popping up asking Zhu to sell them the bed or create a new one for them. Unfortunately, since he did not have a medical licence, he had to turn them all down. But he did allow them to use the bed for free, and according to a Chinese media report, three villagers hailed Zhu Qinghua’s to be extremely helpful in passing the stones.
Zhu has secured a patent for his bed design and hopes to mass produce the healing contraption really soon.