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Bronchial Thermoplasty Offers Hope to Asthma Patients

A new treatment is offering hope to patients with severe asthma. It's not a drug, but a procedure performed inside the lungs --bronchial thermoplasty, a technology developed by a Sunnyvale-based Asthmatx. On bad days, even a short walk can be a struggle for Sankaran Lakshmi. The software programmer and mother of three, has suffered from severe asthma for more than 20 years. "I can't get up from the bed, I can't walk, I can't climb up the steps," says Lakshmi. So Lakshmi has turned to a cutting-edge technology being used at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. (KGO-TV)