Mechanic’s idea to ease difficult deliveries wins support

In a front-page story, the New York Times reports on Jorge Odón, “an Argentine car mechanic,” who developed an idea for extracting “a baby stuck in the birth canal” based on having seen a YouTube video on retrieving “a lost cork from a wine bottle.” His idea has the “enthusiastic endorsement” of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Odón Device works by putting “a plastic bag inside a lubricated plastic sleeve around the head, inflates it to grip the head and pulls the bag until the baby emerges.”

The device is subject to further testing, but so far “doctors said it appeared to be safe for midwives with minimal training.”

It’s development has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Grand Challenges Canada, and it is being made by Becton, Dickinson and Company.


2 thoughts on “Mechanic’s idea to ease difficult deliveries wins support

  • frances Kennison

    Hi, Walt,
    I promptly sent this to Lee Pyles our teammate in Meskine who is a RN. I just am fascinated by the way in which new ideas pop up!

  • Frances,

    Great to hear. Pray it will be a blessing … from South America to Africa! Let me know what happens and how it works for y’all. Looking forward to seeing you and Danny in February.


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