Mariam Noor, a Danish-Somali PhD student in engineering, has developed a state-of-the-art medical device that will help the human heart improve blood flow and possibly eliminate the need for heart surgeries.

“A prosthetic heart valve is an effective form of treatment, but it’s also a relatively complicated surgical procedure that brings with it a number of risks and complications in the long term. Now we have found a solution that can make it easier to treat patients,” says Mariam Noor, a PhD student at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aarhus University and the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital.

The device was successfully tested by researchers, showing a historic promise and is hailed by cardiologists everywhere as revolutionary.

“I look at surgical issues through the lens of an engineer, because there’s a lot of physics and mathematics in our cardiovascular system. My approach has been to understand how the aorta works and then transfer this knowledge to design a ring that can recreate normal anatomical conditions in patients,” says Mariam Noor about how she came up with the invention.

The PhD student added, “We looked at the geometric pattern of the main artery in a pig with a ring and in a pig without it, and we could see that we can actually preserve the natural dynamics. These results look really promising.”

Noor said after a few years of testing, heart patients will see the benefits of the small ring that seems to be able to cure leaking heart valves.

Somalis in the diaspora welcomed Noor’s historic achievement in this great invention, Somalis could be seen on social media celebrating the PhD student’s ingenuity.