Device holds hope for patients on ventilators

<P>By Gayle White, April 1, 2007 (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)- Don Pollard’s eyes widened. He was breathing. His diaphragm was going up and down, pulling air into his lungs and forcing it out.</P> <P>The sensation felt strange to the 28-year-old, who has depended on a ventilator since he was injured in a car crash before his second birthday.</P> <P>"My diaphragm hasn’t moved — at least not like that — in 27 years," said Pollard, who is paralyzed from the neck down except for limited movement in his right arm. "I’ve never had that kind of feeling…"</P>