One baby born with a defective windpipe now has hope of breathing normally thanks to 3-D printing technology, NPR reported.
Garrett Peterson, now 18 months old, was born with tracheomalacia – a condition that caused his trachea to be so weak that it collapsed easily, leaving him unable to breathe. The condition terrified his parents, who turned to specialist Dr. Glenn Green at the University of Michigan for a possible treatment.
Along with Scott Hollister, a biomedical engineer who runs the university’s 3-D printing lab, Green designed a device that can hold open Garrett’s windpipe until it’s strong enough to function independently. After taking a CT scan of Garrett’s windpipe to make a replica of it, they made the “splint” with a 3-D printer.
Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/03/18/doctors-use-3d-printed-device-to-help-baby-breathe-on-his-own/?intcmp=obnetwork