WAYNE, NJ -- Jon “Ferris” Meredith, editor of TAPinto Wayne, appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12+ to share a story about an inventive family from Wayne who created a prototype for a medical grade ventilator. 

While social distancing at home, the Asaad family heard about the shortages of ventilators due to the coronavirus pandemic. “They decided they wanted to do something to help society as a whole,” said Meredith. 

Father Nart Asaad is an Oxford-educated software engineer, and he and his wife Layali have four boys, ranging from kindergarten age to a freshman in high school. The family moved from Syria to Wayne about six years ago. The boys all helped design the ventilator using LEGO Mindstorm Intelligent bricks, which they were familiar with from doing robotics together.  

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Once they created a proof of concept with LEGO bricks, Meredith explained, they realized they had the potential to help produce inexpensive medical-grade ventilators to help solve these shortages. The family has created a non-profit company called Mercy Breath, and are looking for professionals to help them improve and upgrade their design, and hopefully bring it into production. 

“I’m especially happy to be talking about good news in the midst of all the craziness that’s going on around us,” Meredith added. 

To learn more about the Asaad Family and their mission, visit their website at www.mercybreath.com or read the original story about their accomplishment on TAPinto Wayne.