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    3D Printed Heart Model Helped Save Baby's Life

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Recently, 3D printing helped saved the life of a little boy.

    Recently, 3D printing helped saved the life of a little boy. At only 14 months old, Roland Lian Cung Bawi was potentially facing death, due to numerous heart defects.

    Adding to the problem was that the child’s heart surgeon, Erle Austin from the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, was receiving conflicting advice on how to operate and correct the issues based on two dimensional scans.

    Austin decided to turn to University of Louisville engineers for help. As a response, they used a template created from CT images and then utilized a 3D printer to make a polymer constructed model of the boy’s heart.

    All of the defects and complexities were clearly depicted in the replica. Once he could view the actual model, Austin knew exactly what he had to do to fix the problems, which would in turn give Roland a shot at a proper childhood.

    On February 10th, Austin operated on Roland and because of that 3D replica, he was able to make less ‘exploratory incisions’. The surgery was a huge success. Roland was discharged from Kosair Children's Hospital on February 14th and his outlook is good.

    Austin is thrilled everything worked out great and stated ‘I found the model to be a game changer in planning to do surgery on a complex congenital heart defect’.