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Infant Inspires iPhone App for Cystic Fibrosis

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A father from Lockport is reaching out worldwide to help people affected by a life shortening disease.

YNN's Kate McGowan has more on how is efforts are gaining the attention of the medical and tech world and those fighting cystic fibrosis.


LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- For Jason and Meaghan Phipps, parenthood is everything they hoped for.

Four months ago, their son Mason was brought into their lives; a happy go lucky baby.

But when he was born, doctors told the Phipps that Mason would not have an easy life.

"No parent likes to find out that their son or daughter has a chronic lung disease for the rest of their life but I think we kind of take it one day at a time and not get too far ahead of ourselves," Jason said.

Mason was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a disease which allows thick mucus to build up in his lungs and digestive track. It causes little Mason to have trouble breathing.

"It was tough seeing him in the hospital with all the needles and IVs in him when he was there," his mother said.

To loosen up the mucus inside of Mason, both Jason and Meaghan must take turns every day and perform chest physical therapy.

Jason explained, "We have to pound each spot for three minutes and ten spots, so a half hour. Every day."

But it can get tricky, as the Phipps must keep track of the exact time passed. Plus on occasion, dealing with a fussy baby.

So Jason, an expert in web design, came up with an idea to help.

"He came out one day and said, 'Oh I'm making an app for Mason and it is really helpful," Meaghan exclaimed.

Yes, there is an app for that. It's called 'Chest PT'.

"You can choose positions, minutes per position and you can pick an alert. And the alerts range from beeps and dings to animal noises," said Jason.

Jason said it's something Mason enjoys because at the end of the 30 minutes, he gets a job well done.

"So you can see, it says Great Job Mason!"

The app was created just a month ago, and has already gained attention as far as Australia. Jason and Meaghan said one day, they hope Mason can lead a normal life. But ultimately they hope for a cure.

"He can play in the dirt, go to his friends house, go to high school, college, everything a normal kid would do," Meaghan hopes for.

Those interested in the app can download it for free. It is currently available for iPhone and iPad.

There's also a page through the app, to donate to Mason's cause.

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