Forrest Bird, US inventor of medical respirators, dies at 94

By: | Published: August 4, 2015 10:04 AM

Forrest Bird, an inventor whose medical respirators breathed life into millions of patients around the world, has died. He was 94.

Forrest Bird, an inventor whose medical respirators breathed life into millions of patients around the world, has died. He was 94.

His wife, Pamela Bird, said he died Sunday of natural causes at their home in Idaho state.

Forrest Bird is credited with creating the first low-cost, reliable medical respirators in the 1950s. In 1970, he created the ”Babybird” respirator that significantly reduced infant mortality.

Bird started developing breathing aids as an officer with the Army Air Corps in World War II when aircraft started exceeding altitudes at which pilots could breathe unaided.

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