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Breathing machines made from aquarium parts saving infant's lives

Breathing machines made from aquarium parts saving infant's lives

It may sound like something from a science fiction novel, but it's true. And the best part is that it works.

Students from a design class at Rice University in Houston developed an affordable and stable option for infants in third world countries that otherwise wouldn't have a chance at life.

According to CNN:

The overall survival rate of babies with respiratory distress at the Malawi hospital increased from 44% to 71% with the use of the students' breathing machine, according to a recent clinical trial.

Using aquarium pumps, the students have designed a low-cost version of a breathing device called a bubble CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, machine. Traditional bubble CPAP systems used in developed countries can cost upwards of $6,000; the students' machine can be manufactured for around $350, providing big savings for hospitals in poverty-stricken areas.

Click here to continue reading this incredible story at CNN.com

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