ALST Story

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IT ALL BEGAN, IN 1977, WHEN…

DAVID CROSBY AND GRAHAM NASH, OF CSN&Y, WANTED TO PROVIDE THEIR ROAD MANAGER, MAC HOLBERT'S FATHER, SOMETHING MORE AESTHETIC THAN THE IRON LUNG, THAT DR. HOLBERT HAD BEEN LIVING IN, FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS.

AT THE TIME, ROBERT FERRAND - WHO, AT THE TIME, WAS STUDYING WITH, COBUN CHINO, THE SAME ZEN MASTER AS STEVEN JOBS, WAS WELL "AWARE" OF WHAT JOBS WAS DOING.

USING THE FIRST APPLE II COMPUTER,  INTEGRATED WITH THE MOST ADVANCED WOODEN BOAT BUILDING TECHNIQUES, ROBERT DESIGNED "A VOICE ACTUATED TURBO CHARGED SUPERLIGHT WOODEN LUNG WITH INTELLIGENCE". THIS BECAME THE FOUNDATION OF THE WOODEN LUNG PROJECT, SPONSORED BY THE PORTOLA INSTITUTE, WITH SUPPORT FROM DAVID AND GRAHAM.

THE 70'S WERE WILD YEARS FOR CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG AND WOODEN RESPIRATORS WERE A BIT OF A STRETCH FOR THEM, AT THE TIME. THEY QUICKLY LOST INTEREST IN THE PROJECT. HOWEVER, ROBERT DID NOT.

TEN YEARS LATER, ROBERT USED THE SAME COMPUTER CONTROLLED AIR SYSTEM CONCEPT, THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE WOODEN LUNG PROJECT, AND ADAPTED IT INTO A REVOLUTIONARY STATE-OF-THE-ART SPECIALTY HOSPITAL BED FOR THE THE TREATMENT OF DECUBITUS ULCERS (BEDSORES) AND PULMONARY COMPLICATIONS.

FERRAND AND HIS TEAM, RAISED $13,000,000 IN MULTIPLE ROUND OF FINANCING FROM - MONTGOMERY MEDICAL VENTURES, HAMBRECHT AND QUIST, ALLSTATE INSURANCE, HUMANA HOSPITALS, AND VENCOR HOSPITALS. THE PRODUCT WAS SO GOOD, THAT EVEN VENDORS INVESTED AN ADDITIONAL $9,000,000.

IN 1995, ROBERT HAD RETIRED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD 0F ALST, TO FOUND ANOTHER COMPANY, TO DEVELOP SADDLE MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENTS....AND THE REST IS HISTORY.

THE LARGEST HOSPITAL BED COMPANY IN WORLD - HILLENBRAND INDUSTRIES, (HILL-ROM) INFILTRATED THE ALST BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MANAGED TO PUT THE COMPANY INTO VOLUNTARY BANKRUPTCY, JUST AS THE PRODUCT WAS GOING INTO PRODUCTION. HILLENBRAND INDUSTRIES, THEN BOUGHT ALL THE PATENTS FOR $600,000 IN THE BANKRUPTCY COURT, AFTER $21,000,000 WAS INVESTED...AND KILLED THE COMPANY.

20 YEARS LATER - HILLENBRAND INDUSTRIES, (HILL-ROM) NEVER USED THE PATENTS. THE BEDSORE STATISTICS  PROVE THAT HILL-ROM'S PATENTS DID NOT WORK AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED, NEEDLESSLY, IN AGONY, COSTING THE NATION, 100'S OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

THIS IS A CONTINUING AMERICAN "SILENT" HOLOCAUST AND THIS FILM BEARS WITNESS TO HOW THIS TRAGEDY COULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED.

WHEN THIS STORY BREAKS, LIFE WILL BECOME MORE INTERESTING. - THIS IS TOP SECRET - JUST WATCH THE VIDEOS...SHHHHHH.