Doctors 3D-Print An Emergency Airway Tube To Save A Child’s Life

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Sun, 2013-06-02 00:29 -- ronlichty

"Doctors 3D-printed an emergency airway tube that saved a 20-month old baby boy’s life. After imaging the boy’s faulty windpipe, doctors at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital printed 100 tiny tubes and laser-stitched them together over the trachea."

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“The material we used is a nice choice for this. It takes about two to three years for the trachea to remodel and grow into a healthy state, and that’s about how long this material will take to dissolve into the body,” added Dr. Hollister.

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