Wednesday, May 22, 2013

3-D Printer Used to Save Child

My commentary:  As I mentioned in an earlier article, many cures to our health problems may be right under our very noses.  In this case, a 3-D printer was used to save a life.  Though 3-D printers are new and relatively unknown, they don't seem to be used for health purposes.  Perhaps biomedical engineers should utilize the power of these printers in order to make better products.  Similarly, electrical and mechanical engineers may have made a variety of inventions that could potentially support the medical industry.  But what could these inventions be?  I think that, at times, biomedical engineers need to team up with other types of engineers to create the best products.  Maybe an even better 3-D printer could be made to produce entire body parts?  And how close should the relationship between these engineers be?  Feel free to comment.


US doctors save boy by 3-D printing splint

Kaiba Gionfriddo with family dog Bandit
Kaiba Gionfriddo plays with family dog Bandit outside his Youngstown, Ohio, home this week. Picture: AP Source: AP

It's the latest advance in the booming field of regenerative medicine - making body parts in the lab.
In the case of Kaiba Gionfriddo, doctors didn't have a moment to spare.
Because of a birth defect, the little Ohio boy's airway kept collapsing, causing his breathing to stop and often his heart, too.
Michigan doctors used computer-guided lasers to "print out" 100 tiny plastic tubes of various shapes and sizes.
They implanted one of these tubes in Kaiba, the first time this has been done.
Suddenly a baby, who doctors thought would probably not survive, could breathe normally.
He was three months old when the operation was done last year and is nearly 19 months old now.
Kaiba is about to have his tracheotomy tube removed; it was placed when he was a couple months old and needed a breathing machine.
He has had not had a single breathing crisis since going home a year ago.


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