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Rated: E · Script/Play · Medical · #2248903
2247815 2244186 reworked
Dr Magomba visits a

refugee camp to see how they are

successfully battling

CoVid


FADE IN

EXT/INT: A HELICOPTER OVER AN ANONYMOUS REFUGEE CAMP ON A DUSTY PLAIN. NOON.

The camera starts on a poor woman praying at a makeshift Christian shrine. Then pans up to an old helicopter hastily painted in UN white. The camera zooms cut to the interior of the helicopter. DR MAGOMBA his aid DANNY, FARTHER KEENAN, and DR SMITH from m.s.f are trying to hold a conversation.

                   MAGOMBA

         You mean to tell me that you have had no covid deaths here in the last two months?

                   SMITH

         We've had ten covid deaths in the past week,.

Farther Keenan put his hand up and smiled.

`                    SMITH

         In the month before that it was one thousand and sixty-seven and before that, it was one hundred and eighty a day!

                   MAGOMBA

         Danny, check their figures to make sure they are not cheating.

                   SMITH

         Overall deaths are down by about a quarter on the same period pre-pandemic levels.

                   MAGOMBA

         How do you account for this miracle.

                   SMITH

         Two American students, they are over here with the VSO, they turned up out of the blue fixed it so we had all the oxygen we could ever need. Then they set about building respirators.

                   DANNY

         VSO voluntary service overseas is where students take a year out from their studies to....

                   MAGOMBA

         I know that. I want to meet those young people.

                   SMITH

         You will that was the reason you agreed to come.

Farther Keenan smiles.

FADE OUT

FADE IN

JIM and a local lad are working on a contraption on the back of a pick-up truck. Danny Keenan Magomba and Smith are approaching.

                   KEENAN

         Jim here are the magnets you asked for. He said he can get you the magnets from up to fifty broken microwaves if you want?

He throws a bag to Jim which sticks to the truck.

                   JIM

         These will make us two more oxygen abstractors, and that's all we have the other bits for, for now.

                   MAGOMBA

         My name is Dr. Magomba, I am responsible for funding fo....

                   JIM.

         Your not doing a good job of it. Dr. Smith has told me what he gets to help per person here!

                   SMITH

         Jim! I'm sorry about that sir he's a good engineer but somewhat blunt. Jim, have you seen Simon?

                   JIM

         His over by number two.

CUT TO

The group comes around the outside of a large tent with a yellow rag tying it loosely closed to meat SIMON who is stood in front of a small car engine, stood on wooden blocks, with two compressors fastened to it. He is the type of person who uses his arms a lot when talking.

                   SIMON

         Welcome gentlemen. This is what we lovingly call unit two. I will talk you through the process of abstracting oxygen from the air. Then I will show you the respirators that we designed to use it. Is that ok with you?

                   MAGOMBA

         Ok

                   SIMON

         The engine is there to drive the compressors, another power source would do equally well, use what you've got. The compressors suck some of the air out of the tents that we are using for the sickest people. We do this for two reasons, first, it creates negative air pressure witch will prevent airborne transmission. Second, this air is already enriched with oxygen.
         This air is then blown through a modified vortex tube.

                   MAGOMBA

         Modified how?

                   SIMON

         The inside wall of the tube has been coated with magnetic particles. Oxygen as we all know is paramagnetic.

                   MAGOMBA

         Is that why rude friend wanted magnets from old microwaves?

                   SIMON

         Farther you managed to get some?

                   KEENAN

         Yes. And a good supply for more!

                   SIMON

         We work with what we can get. A proper Halbach array of rear earth magnets would be better. The oxygen comes out of this end and nitrogen comes out here.

                   DANNY

         I'm sorry I must have missed something, why.....

                   SIMON

         How does a vortex tube lined with magnets separate oxygen? Oxygen is paramagnetic, which means it is drawn to the strongest part of a magnet field. The inside wall of the tube is coated with magnets. So the oxygen gets pulled to the sidewalls of the tube

                   DANNY

         And the nitrogen gets pushed to the center.

                   SIMON

         Got it in one. Because any virus particles will leave with the oxygen, we added a catalytic converter to denature them.

                   MAGOMBA

         And this oxygen is fed to the special respirators you made?

                   SIMON

         The output of these two go into these tents for people who are sick but don't need to be on a ventilator. The air in those tents is about 86% oxygen.
         Now the ventilator.

Simon reaches down and picks up a length of hose with a plastic mug on its end. He holds it out for someone to take, whilst he adjusts a valve. Dr. Magomba steps back slightly so Danny steps forward to take it. He is nervously about to put it on.

          SIMON

         Hold on there let everyone have a look at it first. As you can see the face mask is made from a plastic measuring cups, they get a pack of twenty with every food delivery.

                   MAGOMBA

         use what you've got.

                   SIMON

         Exactly. Soak it in boiling water and it can be easily molded into a face mask. That hole with the simple flapper type non-return valve on it is where the patient breathes out. Then when he tries to breathe in it is sucked closed. See these contact points, they activate this solenoid

Simon works the solenoid manually. Sending out a blast of oxygen. Dr. Magomba looks worried.

                   SIMON

         With the mask on a patient's face, as soon as the valve starts to open the pressure inside the mask opens the contact and the valve snaps shut! Shutting off the oxygen. Instant negative feedback.

Simon connected the power supply. And gestured for Danny to give it ago. The mask made a powerful buzzing sound as Danny breathed in, then went quiet as he breathed out Danny then took a really deep breath in

                   SIMON

         Easy there tiger, that's almost pure oxygen your breathing there.

                   Danny

         This would be excellent for my sister's CF. Cystic Fibrosis, the vibrations will help her clear her lungs.

                   SIMON

         Probably it seems to help to get oxygen to all parts of their lungs

                   MAGOMBA

         I'll get things started as soon as I get back to my office

Magomba turns to leave

                   SIMON

         Wait you haven't seen bubbles. Jim really wants you to see bubbles.

                   MAGOMBA

         I can not imagine that that young man has anything to show me. This on the other hand this is very impressive.

                   SIMON

         You and I are engineers, we make the world a better place, but despite his Asparagus, we need creative people like him, we would be trying to make improvements to the wheel.

                   MAGOMBA

          I'm just an administrator and not a very good one a cording to your friend

FADE OUT

FADE IN

INT; HELICOPTER AFTERNOON

Dr. Magomba Danny and Farther Keenan are heading back to the capital.

                   MAGOMBA

         So Danny what do you think.

                   DANNY

         The respirators and oxygen seem to work.

                   MAGOMBA

         Get me a list of possible experts to assess this, a chemist or someone expert on oxygen, a couple of engineers, and an anesthetist. Farther Keenan, I suppose you've going to want some discretionary funds.

                   KEENAN

         Just a little. Just to keep them interested.

Farther Keenan looks out of the windows and sees bubbles.

                   KEENAN

         Look down there see the children playing in the foam, thirty gallons of non-potable water, and two bottles of cheap washing up liquid. The children have fun and then they leave a thin skim of surfactant on every surface they touch. Which is pretty much everything. And breakdown the lipid layer on the virus.

                   DANNY

          It's a nightclub suds machine, on a pick-up truck.

CUT TO CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE SUDS.

FADE TO BLACK.

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