Cranston innovator develops “Brilliantly Warm” to relieve chest coldness post-mastectomy, reconstructive surgery

KRISTEN CARBONE, of Cranston, created the "Brilliantly Warm," a wearable warming device for people experiencing chest coldness after mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. / COURTESY BRILLIANTLY
CRANSTON – When Kristen Carbone had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery in 2013, she wasn’t sure what to anticipate in the long-term. “One of the issues I was really not expecting was that I felt cold all the time,” Carbone said. Without breast tissue to insulate the implant, “it acts like a heat sink,”…

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