Jorge Odon, age 60, a car mechanic by profession is the inventor of a childbirth device. His idea was to replace the cruder forceps with with a smaller plastic bag inside the womb to ease pressure on a birth with complications. According to Odon:
“At 3 a.m. I woke up with the idea [for the device],” he says. “I have several inventions registered, all related to mechanics. And I’m used to waking up in the middle of the night with the solutions to problems I’ve had at the workshop.”
This device has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and received financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the USAID, among others. It will undergo a second round of testing in South Africa, India and China.
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