Posted December 26th 2010 at 1:11 pm by
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A Year of Births

2010 was a year of many births including a new job at Design that Matters creating products to benefit the poor in the developing world and my baby son. For most of the year, I guided the design of a phototherapy device used to cure infant jaundice in Southeast Asia. Just as the team boxed up its phototherapy prototype for its first trip to Vietnam, my water broke. My son arrived three and a half weeks early and – surprise – needed some phototherapy! While he was being treated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, baby Nguyen was briefly treated halfway across the world with our newly-designed concept. Both babies are expected to live long and healthy lives thanks to the availability of phototherapy.

A Year of Births

A Year of Births

Top photo: Baby Malcolm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, photo by Elizabeth Johansen. Bottom photo: Baby Nguyen pilot tests the Firefly Alpha Prototype under clinical supervision in the Hai Doung Pediatric Hospital NICU, photo by Timothy Prestero of Design that Matters.

Post by Elizabeth Johansen. This post is part of the 2010 Year in Review series. Anyone is welcome to submit a post by emailing colabradio@mit.edu with your text and image.

One response to “A Year of Births”

  1. Elizabeth,

    I love the symmetry of this story and its focus on how connected the world can be. I love this story for this time of year–I’m not big on religious references, but the high tech creches are inescapable. THanks for such a great piece.