Over 180 volunteer engineers, tinkerers, and doctors have been devoting their time and effort to create an effective and low-cost ventilator that can save lives since the beginning of March.
This low-cost ventilator has been finally created, and this device has now been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used for patients. The ventilator was approved for emergency use, which means that this is a temporary designation to enable new, innovative equipment available during short supply.
Avi Gupta, an 18-year-old engineer who was part of the volunteers designed the user interface of the ventilator. He is the youngest member of the team.
The original prototype which was fully functional was made in our garage. So it’s truly something that can be deployed worldwide.”Avi Gupta
Developers maintained that the LifeMech Adapted Ventilator System will be priced at about $400 to produce, and the plans are transparent, so anybody who is interested in making one can see the plans.
The nonprofit filed with the IRS is recognized as 501(c) (3) tax-deductible entity and $25,000 has been raised to cover both testing and parts expenses. However, more money is required to start manufacturing.
Their objective is to give doctors in developing countries such as Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Zambia access to these ventilators.