Monday, January 19, 2015

3D-Printed Model Heart Assists Doctors Protect a Little Girl’s Life

Robometricschool. - 3D-Printed Model Heart Assists Doctors Protect a Little Girl’s Life. Cardiovascular surgeons at Miami Children’s Hospital turned to 3D printing to print out a scale replica of a 4-year-old girl’s heart so they could plan for a complicated surgery to save the girl’s life. She suffers from a congenital condition called total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), which basically means her veins pump blood to the wrong part of her heart, causing breathing difficulties, lethargy, and a weakened immune system.

After a few Band-Aid surgeries that proved to be temporary fixes, doctors knew they needed to come up with a solution. The situation was dire, as the cardiac team estimated that she would live for only another few weeks, if not days, without a permanent fix. Using the 3D-printed model, the doctors were able to plan a surgery that hadn’t been performed before using parts from a donor heart, and today young Adanelie Gonzalez’s blood is flowing normally and she’s recovering in the hospital.


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