British foam manufacturer invents new ‘epilepsy pillow’
A British foam manufacturer has invented a new pillow to help epilepsy suffers, made from innovative ‘three dimensional’ fabric developed at Manchester University.
Foam-manufacturing firm Carousel came up with the idea after one of their employees had difficulties finding a suitable product for her epileptic son, who suffers from a rare danger of Sudden Unexpected Death (SUD).
Paul Boomer, owner of the Manchester-based business, set to work developing an ‘anti-suffocation’ pillow made of “a piece of memory foam inserted between two fibre pads” to provide a “crown effect” for greater comfort, breathability and security.
Mr Boomer said: “I saw this as a challenge more about physics than anything else and spent the next 12 months developing a product that met the challenge”.
Mr Boomer’s product, which went through taxing air-flow analysis tests at Trafford-based Shirley Technologies, is currently retailing online in a variety of child friendly colours from£59.99.
With 600,000 epilepsy sufferers in the UK, Mr Boomer hopes his newest invention, the ‘Breathe-zy’ pillow, will bring comfort to people with epilepsy nationwide.