Utah County doctor's invention could save thousands of lives

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(KUTV) In the words of his partner, Dr. Erick Gerday is a "fiddler," and it was Gerday's fiddling, along with his collaboration with Dr. Stephen Minton that lead to a simple, yet affordable life saving invention.

The two men are primaries at the neonatal department at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. The men have worked for years in developing nations and saw a need for a ventilator that rural clinics in countries like Cambodia could afford.

Typically ventilators can cost between $10,000 and $60,000. The ventilator the doctors have created is simple and durable and will cost perhaps as little as hundreds of dollars.

The doctors teamed up with students at Brigham Young University to pitch their ideas to investors. It was part of the Y-Prise Newborn Challenge in 2015. The group won the contest and received $10,000 prize money. The group will use the money to roll out 10 ventilators in a couple of months in Cambodia. If they are successful, the country will introduce more ventilators nationwide.

If you'd like to learn more about the company the students and doctors have formed check it out here Neonatalrescue.org.

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