Elise Sørensen (July 2, 1903 – July 5, 1977) was the inventor of the colostomy bag. Sørensen was a nurse in 1954 when her sister had an ostomy operation (a procedure that takes the end of the intestine out through the abdomen, allowing waste to exit via a surgically created stoma). After the operation, Sørensen's sister was uncomfortable going outside due to fear that stoma might leak, due to the metal/glass capsules or fabric/rubber bags that people used at the time. Sørensen then created the world's first disposable ostomy bag attachable through an adhesive ring, very similar to the devices used today.
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