Two years ago, I called the UCSF engineering department with a strange request. I asked, “Is there anyone there that can help me make a phototherapy lamp for jaundiced babies? I leave for the Congo in just a few days and want to build one as soon as possible.”
A few moments later I was greeted by the friendly voice of an audio/visual specialist named Tim Falconer. He replied, “I don’t know anything about that now, but it sounds like an interesting project. Let me get back to you.”
He started research immediately and over the ensuing months learned the physics and physiology of phototherapy and jaundice. Then, this Spring, he developed a prototype phototherapy unit in the garage of his house.
I was extremely impressed by his work. He spent countless hours of his free time to protect anonymous children in a far off land from the devastating effects of kernicterus.
Thanks Tim for all of your work!