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+ - 3D Printer Used to Save New-Born's Life 3

Submitted by hutsell
hutsell (1228828) writes "The University of Michigan's website responds to an article featured in today's New England Journal of Medicine about there ground-breaking surgical implant.

After obtaining emergency clearance from the FDA to create and implant a tracheal splint for the baby, the specially-designed splint of specialized plastic materials made from the printer was implated into the child. The splint was sewn around the airway to expand the bronchus and give it a skeleton to aid proper growth during a 3 year period, after which it will have been reabsorbed into the body by then.

“It was amazing. As soon as the splint was put in, the lungs started going up and down for the first time and we knew he was going to be OK,” says Green.

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