Using a 3D Printed Heart to Save a 4-Year-Old Girl

Using a 3D Printed Heart to Save a 4-Year-Old Girl

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3D copy of heart-MiamiHeraldVideo

Out of Florida comes another brilliant application of 3D-printing — this time to save the life of a young heart patient in what might have been her final days.

In a desperate attempt to fix Adanelie’s heart, a team of cardiovascular surgeons at Miami Children’s Hospital turn to 3D-printing to help pave the way for a successful operation.

Using the 3D model, the doctors were able to plan a unique surgery that had never been performed, utilizing parts from a donor heart.

Dr. Redmond Burke said, before seeing the 3D model he “couldn’t picture,” the operation.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from the Miami Herald)

Story tip from Kim Campbell

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