Entrepreneur mom's unpleasant experience with toddler prompts medical device development

The family wants to revolutionize the way urine samples are collected.

Could we be seeing Brittan Gotbeter on a future episode of the popular TV show, "Shark Tank"?

Maybe.

The mom of five children, ages 3 to 10, has created a medical device that she hopes will change the way urine samples are collected.

The Post and Courier recently featured her unique story from development straight through to funding and a prototype.

Gotbeter's daughter Molly, who was adopted from China by the family, was born with spina bifida, which causes part of the spinal cord and nerves to come through an open part of the spine, causing nerve damage.

"In Molly’s case, her bowel and bladder nerves were damaged," The Post and Courier wrote. "Collecting urine samples from Molly was an imperative part of detecting any conditions that the little girl might have but it was nearly impossible to collect from the wiggling and impatient 3-year-old."

She had two options to do this, a cup or a catheter, the latter of which she felt would be too traumatic for her daughter. That's when she got the idea one day while sitting at her mother's kitchen table to create a better option. 

"The device, which fastens over the toilet seat via an elastic band around the outside has a collection bowl at the bottom where the urine pools," The Post and Courier wrote.

To collect the urine, you break the plastic seal on the bottom.

Gotbeter has submitted a patent and is working to find a financial backer for her invention.

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