KIDNEY patients could get a new lease of life thanks to a Huddersfield man.
John McCarthy, 25, of Bradley, plans to launch innovative portable equipment which would allow patients to undergo kidney dialysis away from home.
The equipment has been designed to be kept in a backpack or a suitcase. It can be kept in the boot of a car or stored permanently at the users' place of work.
Mr McCarthy began researching the idea after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2004.
His condition means he has to have dialysis four times a day, with each session lasting 30 minutes. He said: "I wanted to be more mobile, but conventional dialysis restricts your freedom to travel and move about.
"I started by designing a portable machine for myself.
"Now I have a manufacturer and we will hope to put the prototypes through tests in the next few weeks.
"The main `tester' will be me."
Mr McCarthy, who went to All Saints' High School at Bradley Bar, has a degree in biological sciences.
He has been working with business support organisation Business Link to launch his new venture, Renal Freedom.
He said: "The aim is to give the patient a lot more independence."
Mr McCarthy said one possible drawback to his machine was that dialysis could only take place in hygienic conditions.
But he said suitable facilities were increasingly being provided, such as first aid rooms at motorway services and rest rooms at work.
Mr McCarthy, who works at the IKEA store in Birstall, said thousands of people in the UK had to have dialysis.
"I hope to have products available to buy online within six months," he added.