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UT students pioneer life saving devices

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Engineering seniors at the University of Toledo have created devices that could help someone with a disability, or even save a life.

More than 200 students presented their final design projects at an expo event on Friday, April 25. Teams of four created devices to help improve the quality of life for those living with a disability.

"There's an individual with cerebral palsy that has trouble opening jars. There's a team here today that developed a device that will enable him now to open jars on his own," said Assistant Professor Matt Franchetti.

Ted Otieno is a mechanical engineering student. His group created a thrombectomy device. Otieno says physicians can use it to get blood clots out of the body, possibly preventing a stroke or death.

"We've interviewed 50 doctors of the University of Toledo center. We've been in contact with 21 of them and all of them have shown great promise and say our device has great promise and is something they need in the industry," said Otieno.

Otieno's group has already won $5,000 for their device, allowing them to move forward with their venture.

Now they are applying for a $50,000 grant.

Francetti says northwest Ohio will one day benefit from these students.

"There has been some big concerns about brain drain in Toledo. The senior design project on today's event is a great way to help some of our talent here locally in northwest Ohio," said Francetti.

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