New technology can help an ALS patient breathe easier

Bruce Kramer
Bruce Kramer, center, and Dr. Jeffrey Strommer, left, watch a computer display showing how Kramer's breathing is improved with the use of a diaphragmatic pacing system Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Saint Marys Hospital, which is part of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester. Watching are Anna Batterson, a medical student, and resident doctors Kristin Garlanger and Kelly Armstrong, left to right. Kramer is one of only a few ALS patients in Minnesota using a diaphragmatic pacing system, which was approved by the FDA last year.