Ernesto Jorge Odón, was born in Colón, Buenos Aires province, in 1954. At four years of age he moved with his family to Lanús, where he has operated the El Rayel S.A. automobile alignment and wheel balancing service center for more than 30 years.
Always seeking to improve his professional services, Odón patented several products relating to mechanics. Then, one night in July 2006, he had an idea for facilitating child births after seeing his employees playing a game of pulling corks out of an empty bottle.
Odón received support from family and friends in developing the new device and for more than four years has also been supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), which has featured the innovation in international medical events. Odón has won recognition for his invention that includes finalist in the First WHO Forum on Medical Devices in Thailand (October 2009); winner of one of the 19 awards in the international contest Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, in Washington (July 2011); recognition at world congresses and athenaeums in gynecology and obstetrics; first prize from INNOVAR 2011, and the gold medal from IMPI as best inventor of 2012.
To date Odon's device has been successfully used for 23 births in the Center for Medical Education and Clinical Research "Norberto Quirno."