Artificial Heart Made From 3D Printing Saves an Infant’s Life

A synthetic heart made using 3D printing saved an infant’s life. The 3D tech made it possible to create a near-perfect replica of the “baby’s tiny little heart,” adding to the success of the operation.

The infant, whose heart contained numerous abnormalities, has been receiving intensive treatment for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in Manhattan. After getting enough funding from

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The heart of the infant was full of holes, something that’s not uncommon in children suffering from Congenital Heart Defects. However, instead of the usual heart chambers, the patient’s heart developed maze-like formations instead.

In most cases, a heart transplant is needed to treat Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) and success of the operation is never guaranteed, especially in infants. In addition, the heart of the patient has to be stopped and operated on to determine how to correct the defects.

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Rather than getting a new heart, doctors used a 3D printed heart, meticulously adding minute details of the child’s uniquely structured organ. And the plan was a success, the child’s life was saved. Doctors say that the replicated heart was like a “road map” that guided them for repair.

Doctors believe that the 3D printed heart minimized what could have been “extremely complicated surgery.” In just a single operation, the condition was corrected.

The surgery was conducted on July 21 according to CT Post Blog. As technology advances, more and more hospitals are starting to get access to 3D printing. Using this technique, the odds of successful heart surgeries will improve gradually.

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