3D Printed Skull For A Newborn Baby That Saved His Life – Complex Process Answered By Engineers And Doctors
Some babies are born with abnormalities and missing parts of their body, but having a missing part of their skull is a massive threat to their life and can lead to an unfortunate loss for their parents. The good thing is that researchers, engineers, and doctors have all worked together to give her the life she deserves, focusing on providing a 3D-printed skull to make up for the missing one.
3D printed skull for a newborn: engineers and doctors work to save baby
(Photo: Sygnis SA)
A Polish company called Sygnis has made a breakthrough in medical engineering by providing a 3D printed skull for a newborn baby that aims to save his life and give him a chance for a longer life. Engineers and doctors worked at a rapid pace to save the life of the newborn, who after arriving in this world was already in critical condition with part of his skull missing.
According to Sygnis, neonatal surgeries are tricky, more so than adult surgeries, and medical professionals should think quickly to find solutions because every minute counts after babies are delivered. Here, the company developed and delivered a 3D-printed skull for a particular case, and handed it over to medical professionals for surgical application.
This operation did not replace anything, rather it filled the gaps in the missing part of the body that is an integral part of the baby’s life.
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What happened to the baby? 3D printing goes a long way
The operation was a success for the newborn, with Sygnis also partnering with e-Nable Poland and the Upper Silesian Children’s Health Center (where the operation took place) to work together to provide a future to the baby.
Sygnis said it only had 96 hours to engage with affected individuals and professionals, as well as Pawel Ozga, who was in charge of segmenting the imagery and preparing the 3D model for printing. The team made a skull from the newborn’s occipital bone that was missing at delivery.
3D printing and its many applications
3D printing is a way to create something from scratch, and it makes the necessary materials accurate to the smallest detail, with users only needing schematics to bring the output to life. However, it is a massive addition to medical technology where researchers and professionals are focusing on different ways to replace and provide organs for those that are missing.
In 2015, reports claimed that the innovations and development of 3D printing will revolutionize modern medicine by providing the organs and parts of the human body that users find difficult to obtain through donations.
Since then, there have been significant developments regarding the use of 3D printers with a company to manufacture human hearts, which provide the same function as organic hearts that come from a person’s body.
3D printing has many applications in today’s modern world, and it is not primarily in creating parts for toys, gadgets, vehicles, and other applications that it can bring to everyone. Different technologies created by many brilliant minds can be applied to save lives, and an example here is a baby being given a 3D printed skull to start his life.
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