This solution has been translated to Chinese. Check it here.
  • 14014
  • 39
  • 33
  • 0
  • Help Ukraine

Father develops computer games to help daughter with Cystic Fibrosis endure treatment

Shared by Salomé Azevedo on 2014-11-27 14:57

About the solution

The games are interactive, played with a device which connects breathing tubes to the computer so children can control characters and shapes on screen by exhaling at a certain pressure.

David, who is a lectured in University of Derby, has a background in IT. That’s why he build this type of solution.

"There were a lot of tantrums. Every evening she would cry and scream and run off and it was getting progressively worse the older she got. It was no fun at all. It was something you knew was coming and you would have to get it done before you could relax. It was a nightmare", he described.

David tested the technology, and the feedback was good. The expert is now trying to get funding so that he can make this games available to other parents and children struggling with this condition.

"She blew into the device, saw the flowers move on the screen and looked at me with this sense of wonder. She asked me how it was doing that so I told her it was magic. She loved it and since then it has taken all the pressure and worry out of trying to get her to do her physiotherapy", explained David Day.

David is one of the laureates of the 2nd Patient Innovation Awards.

More info:

Adapted from:

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

DISCLAIMER: This story was written by someone who is not the author of the solution, therefore please be advised that, although it was written with the utmost respect for the innovation and the innovator, there can be some incorrect statements. If you find any errors please contact the patient Innovation team via

About the author

David Day, born in UK, has a daughter, Alicia, with suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Because wanted to help Alicia engage in a more fun and less scary way with her therapy, David created video games that help endure the treatment, in 2011.

Like solution
Close en