Invention Saves Indian Newborns

Nearly 28 out of every 1,000 Indian newborns die within 4 weeks of birth—20% of them due to birth asphyxia, a condition where a baby’s brain doesn’t receive sufficient oxygen.

Seeking an affordable solution, Niranjan Thomas of Christian Medical College in Vellore developed MiraCradle, a device that administers therapeutic hypothermia, a cooling technique that can mitigate asphyxia’s effects. It became commercially available in 2014, and today is used in more than 125 hospitals in India and 3 in South Africa.

MiraCradle costs 150,000 rupees (£1,809) and has a 5-year shelf life—1/10th the cost of conventional devices.

Source: The Guardian

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