Story highlightsCollege students create a breathing machine from aquarium pumpsThe machine has helped dozens of newborns in Malawi surviveMalawi has the world's highest rate of preterm births per 100 birthsThe machines provide gentle air pressure to help babies breatheWhen Chokonjetsa was born, he weighed just over 2 pounds. His tiny, underdeveloped lungs struggled for each breath.
Then doctors in the hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, put Chokonjetsa on a breathing machine made out of aquarium pumps.
Chokonjetsa is one of dozens of newborns in the African country who have survived thanks to the ingenuity of students in a senior design class at Rice University in Houston. The ove