3D printing technology helps baby live a normal life

 A toddler became the first in the world to get an organ transplant from an adult donor using 3D technology. The operation was successful and the child was saved from a lifetime of dialysis treatments. (Photo : Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)

A toddler became the first in the world to get an organ transplant from an adult donor using 3D technology. The operation was successful and the child was saved from a lifetime of dialysis treatments. (Photo : Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)

 "When Lucy Boucher was born, she suffered from heart failure, causing her kidneys to significantly lack oxygen and shut down. Lucy was then faced with a lifetime of dialysis treatments.

Her parents brought her to Guy's and St Thomas' and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where doctors recommended her to undergo a kidney transplant. Her dad, Chris, was a perfect match for donation, but there was one problem. How could a big, adult kidney fit into Lucy's small abdomen?

That's when 3D printing technology came into the picture. Doctors produced models of Chris' kidney and Lucy's abdomen to determine how the organs would fit together. The intervention would greatly help doctors plan out the very complicated procedure and reduce risks."

-Techtimes.com

 

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