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Life-changing vests for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common lethal inherited disease in Caucasians. Patients are unable to control water and salt diffusion in the lungs, resulting in the formation of sticky mucus, chest infections and ultimately lung damage. There is no cure for this disease, and the average life expectancy is 32-34 yrs.

CF sufferers require intensive and exhausting physiotherapy to help clear the sticky mucus in their lungs which causes infections and ultimately lung damage, many needing three to five 60 minute sessions every day. This time consuming regime affects a child’s education, and even their ability to play. In adult sufferers it means that a normal daily routine can be impossible.

The Cystic Fibrosis Vest is an airway clearance system which provides vibrations to the chest wall, helping to clear thick mucus and prevent infections. The Vest can be used every day at home and gives a greater level of independence, optimising breathing and respiratory function, reducing the risk of secondary complications such as chest infections, and dramatically improving the quality of life for both patients and their families.

Barts Charity is delighted to have received donor support to fund 8 vests – some of these have been donated to siblings who both suffer with CF. We would like to help many more CF sufferers gain a better quality of life – can you help us achieve this?