Mahwah teen invents self-disinfecting hazmat suit for health workers

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With the coronavirus crisis heating up around the world, a young Bergen County teenager has invented a special type of hazmat suit with the safety of health care workers in mind.

At just 13 years old, Mark Leschinsky of Mahwah is already a prolific inventor. And he now has a patent for a self-disinfecting protective garment.

The suit contains pockets of disinfecting solution.

"Behind these pockets of disinfecting solution are air pockets. And then when you inflate these air pockets, they actually make the disinfecting solution - they push it through a porous layer through the outside of the suit,” he says. “And then the disinfecting solution trickles down the suit so it disinfects it entirely so then the healthcare worker can safely remove it without it being infected."

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Leschinsky says that he was first inspired to make the suit during the Ebola outbreak and by Dr. Kent Brantley. Brantley became infected while he was treating patients in Liberia.

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“I was really touched by this overall because there were thousands of other health care workers just like him, who were risking their lives,” Leschinsky says.

Leschinsky’s father Boris Leschinsky is also an inventor.

"The unique thing about Mark is that he looks at problems as opportunities to solve with technology,” the father says. "He applies these skills to look creatively and to solve problems that he perceives other people have."

Leschinsky is now looking for a company that will produce his suit.

“These thousands of health care workers who are risking their lives, they need to be helped,” he says. “And any company out there, I’d absolutely hand over my patent and my suit for free.”

Leschinsky has also invented a no-spill pill bottle that allows patients to get their medication out one at a time, using only one hand.

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