Mechanic Invents Device to Save Third-World Moms, Babies From Dying During Pregnancy

International   |   Jill Stanek   |   Nov 15, 2013   |   6:22PM   |   Washington, DC

The contraption, called the Odón Device, works like this: A doctor fits a plastic bag inside a lubricated plastic sleeve and fits it around the baby’s head. The bag is then inflated, allowing it to grip on the baby head, pulling until it’s emerged from the birth canal…

The goal of his invention is two-fold: For women in underdeveloped countries who don’t have access to Cesarean sections, the device could help safely bring their babies into the world. It could also supplement forceps and vacuum extractors in cases where newer doctors are untrained to use them.

~ Journalist Elise Solé describing Argentinian car mechanic Jorge Odón’s invention to assist mothers in childbirth, Yahoo! Shine, November 14

[Picture via Diego Giudice/The New York Times/Redux] Note: Jill Stanek fought to stop “live birth abortions” after witnessing one as an RN at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. That led to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act legislation, signed by President Bush, that would ensure that proper medical care be given to unborn children who survive botched abortion attempts.