After six hip replacements left her pelvis bone in fragile condition, 71-year old Meryl Richards was in great pain after her left leg pushed through her pelvis bone and caused the leg to be two inches shorter than the other. Soon she would be wheelchair-bound forever, after having walked with crutches and sticks for years. Fortunately, surgeons at the Southampton General Hospital, UK, implanted a 3D-printed hip joint, held it in place with the patient's own stem cells - an unprecedented approach.
Thanks to major efforts from the Patient and Family Alumni Leadership fundraising group (PALs), Phoenix Children’s Hospital is now 3D printing models for patients as a souvenir of their troublesome medical past, either to cherish as a memento or destroy as a way of coping.
After being severely hit by a boat propeller, a 45-kg sea turtle lost two-thirds of its upper and lower jaw. A Turkish animal rescue team found the wounded turtle floating in the sea, without any sign of life, and carried it to the Dalyan Iztuzu Pamukkale University (PAU), Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Due to a gaping hole near its mouth, as well as the extent of the stress trauma, the turtle was unable to eat or swim on its own. The turtle was fed by hand for an extended period of time and incrementally regained its health. To ensure the sea turtle’s return to its natural habitat, volunteers from Dalyan started to look for a solution to reconstruct the chopped- off beak. The volunteers eventually contacted Turkish 3D printing service provider BTech Innovation to customize a 3D-printed custom jaw implant.
Last Sunday, around 37,500 runners crossed the finish line of the London Marathon, each of them with a story to tell. Among these, some had a very special story to tell, and a select few came with an extraordinary story that needs to be shared with the world…
Nearly every week there’s a story in the news about how 3D Printing is revolutionizing personalized health care. 3D software and models can be used to explain a patient’s condition to families, assist in diagnosing complex pathologies, review surgical planning and even test a procedure before physicians enter the operating room. Four-year-old Adaenelie Gonzalez, sixteen-year-old Bradley White, and others have all been helped thanks to this novel technology.
7-year-old Joos fell on the playground at school leaving him with a double arm fracture. After his arm healed and the cast was removed, his arm was completely crooked and his arm was not functioning the way it should: suddenly he could not do some of his favorite things such as summersaults or handstands.