Ragin’ Cajuns Head Softball Coach First in U.S. to Receive New Medical Device

Photo: The Daily Advertiser (UL-Lafayette’s head softball coach Michael Lotief)
Photo: The Daily Advertiser (UL-Lafayette’s head softball coach Michael Lotief)

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)—The UL-Lafayette’s head softball coach Michael Lotief became the first person in the U.S. to receive a state-of-the-art tracheostomy valve.

According to a news release, the speech and occupational therapy team at the University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) met with Lotief to deliver a long-awaited promise. The promise if giving Lotief the first in the U.S. the state-of-the-art valve.

The ProTrach DualCare is a valve that helps restore the natural heat and moisture in the lungs of patients with tracheostomies and enables them to speak.

Lotief began receiving therapy at UHC in July 2015 for swallowing and voice impairments. After an evaluation, a tracheotomy was performed in August of the same year. Since then Lotief has had a remarkable recovery, but has needed to “switch” between two devices in his day-to-day life.

Atos Medical is looking to receive feedback from Lotief about the device. He exemplifies the type of active patient they hope will use this valve.

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