shutterstock_154527917__1384535707_142.196.156.251Has anyone ever accidentally shoved the wine cork back into the bottle of wine when they were uncorking it? If so – have you ever managed to extract the cork without sweating or crying? I usually just say, “eff it” and end up leaving it floating in the bottle. Thank god a mechanic in Argentina is nothing like me – or this incredible, possibly life-saving tool for delivering babies would have never been invented.

From The New York Times:

The idea came to Jorge Odón as he slept. Somehow, he said, his unconscious made the leap from a YouTube video he had just seen on extracting a lost cork from a wine bottle to the realization that the same parlor trick could save a baby stuck in the birth canal.

Mr. Odón, 59, an Argentine car mechanic, built his first prototype in his kitchen, using a glass jar for a womb, his daughter’s doll for the trapped baby, and a fabric bag and sleeve sewn by his wife as his lifesaving device.

So, Odon goes from watching a YouTube video about wine-cork extraction, to realizing this method may be able to help babies emerge from the womb, to winning an endorsement from the World Health Organization and major donors. According to the Times story, an  American medical technology company has just licensed it for production.

With the Odón Device, an attendant slips a plastic bag inside a lubricated plastic sleeve around the head, inflates it to grip the head and pulls the bag until the baby emerges.

Doctors say it has enormous potential to save babies in poor countries, and perhaps to reduce cesarean section births in rich ones.

Who would ever think slipping a plastic bag around a baby’s head would be the lightbulb idea that would possibly reduce ever-increasing caesarean rates in richer countries and infant mortality rates in poorer ones?

This is truly amazing. It turns out I was right; wine does fix everything.

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