SOLON, Ohio — A local company's cutting-edge technology is making its mark on a global level.
The wildfires spreading across Australia have had tragic effects. Two dozen people have been killed and more than a billion animals have lost their lives spread across more than 32,000 square miles. An area nearly the size of Indiana.
In southwest Australia, where the fires are burning out of control, some species are proving to be particularly vulnerable. At least 8,000 koalas have died as a direct result of the impenetrable smoke and flames. About 30 percent of all koalas in the area are already gone, according to a report from The Independent.
At the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, some of those koalas who have been injured from burns have been getting treated with laser therapy from Solon's Multi Radiance Medical.
A crew from Yahoo captured video images of the team at Port Macquarie using the Multi Radiance Super Pulsed Laser to help ease the suffering of koalas below:
According to Multi Radiance Medical's website, the Super Pulsed Lasers use innovative technology to deliver light energy to tissue in both humans and animals, which reduces pain and increases circulation. It produces high powered light in billionth-of-a-second pulses.
The power of each pulse drives the photons deep into the target tissue, strongly reducing pain and improving micro-circulation.
"The longer that the burn is present, the more likely that there's an infection," Multi Radiance Medical Senior Vice President Douglas Johnson tells 3News. "When we start to do laser therapy, sometimes we can cut that time in half. And sometimes in just 2-3 weeks we can get good covering of that skin that now becomes a protective barrier."
The devices are painless to use and are becoming essential to veterinary clinics and zoos around the world to treat all kinds of animals.
"Our goal is to be able to treat just about every animal on the Earth, if we can," adds Johnson.
If you would like to make a contribution to help Port Macquarie Koala Hospital treat koalas that have been devastated by the fires, click here to their GoFundMe page.
WTSP's Dale Greenstein contributed to this report.