|Students meet with Dr. Cristian Barrios (first right) and the staff |
of a clinic in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán.
Photo by Marcin Szczepanski. More coverage on tumblr.
The Michigan Engineering students were visiting the clinic to learn how to improve their device. Because it's still in the development stage, they weren't prepared to actually use it yet.
"It broke our hearts to have to say we could not help," said Nathaniel Skinner, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering who is leading the team designing the stethoscope. "The team was surprised, saddened, and encouraged. Nothing could make us want to move faster and deliver technology and hope to Dr. Christian Barrios and his staff more intensely."
Dr. Barrios heads a clinic in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán---one of many the students visited this week as they journey across Guatemala. They're meeting with the midwives, doctors and patients who need this technology as the students work to refine it into something that can help save young lives. The College of Engineering's Marcin Szczepanski is traveling with the team and posting photos, videos and observations of the trip on tumblr.
|15-month-old Wilson Irael Mendez has a congenital heart defect |
known as tetralogy of Fallot. Wilson needs to get stronger
before surgery. Wilson’s sister is keeping an eye out on him.
Photo by Marcin Szczepanski. Learn more on tumblr.
The young engineers belong to the student organization M-HEAL. This is their spring break. They've spent a lot of it in a van---traveling up to 12 hours a day. They've made progress narrowing their objective and understanding the ecosystem that their technology will be a part of. Read a full Q and A with team leader Nathaniel Skinner on tumblr. Students from biomedical engineering and computer science and engineering are also involved in this effort.