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Meet Dasia Taylor ~ 17 Year-old Inventor Helping Others #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in  2017, this month marks our forty-fifth opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen.

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When 17 year old Dasia Taylor decided on a science project, her heartfelt mission was to help others in developing countries and that she did. Her cost-effective invention of infection detecting sutures will help surgery patients in Africa detect infections before they become serious. Her invention garnered Dasia a top spot place with 40 other finalists in the national Regeneron Science Talent Search. 


Each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” ~Dr. Cornel West

 

To learn more about Dasia Taylor, check out this article from Smithsonian Magazine website at: This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

“There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world.” ~Carlos Santana

15 thoughts on “Meet Dasia Taylor ~ 17 Year-old Inventor Helping Others #WATWB”

  1. Very impressive work for a 17 year’s old. Pity she wants to waste her intellect on becoming a lawyer. My guess is that the girl has political ambitions and law school is where most politicians started their careers. There is of course also a small portion of naivety mixed with this project. Current suture threads are good at their job: they’re affordable, they’re not irritating on the skin, and they are strong enough to hold a wound together. The beet juice-dyed thread will need to be competitive on all of these attributes. Surgical site infections can also occur below the surface of a wound—a C-section involves cutting through, and then repairing, not just the skin but also the muscle underneath. As it stands, the color-changing suture thread wouldn’t help detect an infection below the skin, and “if the infection oozes through the skin, or involves the skin, the infection has already reached later stages,” writes Kathryn Chu, the director of the Center for Global Surgery at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

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  2. Well now, that is seriously smart – and amazing that those smart solutions can be so simple! Thanks Belinda, I’m going to tell my husband, a medical man. 17 years old? She’s going to go far … wonderful entry, not just for #WATWB… have a great weekend and thank you for hosting this month …

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  3. Hi Belinda – wonderful … I loved her comment about using her trophy as a ‘cookie jar’ … what a brilliant invention – and roll on that patent … so those sutures can be available for all – particularly 3rd world countries. Perfect #WATWB post … thank you – Hilary

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    1. She is so incredibly intelligent and I loved her personality. Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB. Hope you have a fantastic week!😊

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