New Jaundice Machine Built By Nigerian Mom To Save Infants
A Nigerian mom has set up a breakthrough jaundice machine to save infants and even mothers.
She debuted a solar-inverter machine aimed at saving the lives of children with jaundice.
Named Cribe A’Glow, Jaundice treatment has become readily accessible and a lot easier.
The woman identified as Virtue Oboro said she chose to add the rechargeable power source due to the poor power supply in Nigeria.
Describing her experience, she spoke about her nightmare after birthing her son in 2015.
According to a report obtained from CNN, she said her 48-hour-old son was rushed into the hospital for emergency treatment. This was after he experienced jaundice.
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What is Jaundice?
According to Cleaveland Clinic, ”Jaundice is a condition in which the skin, whites of the eyes and mucous membranes turn yellow because of a high level of bilirubin, a yellow-orange bile pigment.”
Jaundice is usually mild but severe cases require phototherapy (Where babies are placed under blue light).
The newborn named, Tombra, experienced this common condition that affects 60% of newborns globally.
As common as the illness was, treatment in Oboro’s country in Nigeria was a luxury. She had to buy time because there were no phototherapy units available. They had to wait four hours as Tombra’s condition deteriorated.
“I felt like some of the things (I experienced) could have been avoided, or the stress level could be reduced.”
Although jaundice may not be deadly without immediate treatment, a patient can die. Worst still, patients can experience the following if not properly treated:
- Hearing loss.
- Vision impairment.
- Brain damage.
- Cerebral palsy.
Having experienced what may have adversely affected the life of her child, she decided to plunge into her creative mind.
“I thought, is there something I could do to make the pain less for the babies and the mothers?”
Her innovation is a simple and effective treatment through the Tiny Hearts. Tiny Hearts is co-founded with her husband, Amadi.
She revealed that this device which costs about $360 per unit, has sold out over 500 units in some African countries.
She revealed that the device was created with the support of a paediatrician and her husband.
What can this innovation solve?
- Treat the disease.
- Support emergency treatment for the infection.
- Affordable and accessible treatment for children.
Her husband spoke about the impact of this innovation and how it has changed Jaundice care in Nigeria.
“One can find large numbers of obsolete or dysfunctional systems being applied at some of these centres,” he says.
“Less than 5% of all Nigerian facilities have sufficient functional phototherapy devices” to serve needy patients.”
Oboro also spoke about the impact of treatments during this COVID-19 pandemic time.
She said the demand for this crib has been on the rise. This was due to the fact that parents would rather look after the kids themselves.
The happy mother said she was excited that her son survived the experience that cause her trauma. However, now it’s her goal to fight neonatal jaundice, and “save a hundred and one more babies.”