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3D Printer Used to Save New-Born's Life

hutsell (1228828) writes | about a year ago

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hutsell (1228828) writes "The University of Michigan's website responds to an article featured in today's New England Journal of Medicine about there ground-breaking surgical implant.

After obtaining emergency clearance from the FDA to create and implant a tracheal splint for the baby, the specially-designed splint of specialized plastic materials made from the printer was implated into the child. The splint was sewn around the airway to expand the bronchus and give it a skeleton to aid proper growth during a 3 year period, after which it will have been reabsorbed into the body by then.

“It was amazing. As soon as the splint was put in, the lungs started going up and down for the first time and we knew he was going to be OK,” says Green.

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Story already posted (1)

phrackthat (2602661) | about a year ago | (#43813995)

See: http://slashdot.org/submission/2681021/3d-printers-good-for-saving-lives-not-just-printing-guns [slashdot.org]

And he wasn't a new born baby. He was three months old. However, your link is more informative than the other article on the subject.

Re:Story already posted (1)

hutsell (1228828) | about a year ago | (#43815427)

See: http://slashdot.org/submission/2681021/3d-printers-good-for-saving-lives-not-just-printing-guns [slashdot.org]

And he wasn't a new born baby. He was three months old. However, your link is more informative than the other article on the subject.

Thanks for the heads-up -- sorry about the mistake; there wasn't any malicious intent meant to circumvent your submission. I did do a search first to see if it was already mentioned; however, the terms I thought would indicate it was already at Slashdot, such as: (baby, tracheal and variations of the original sources of U of M & New England Journal of Medicine) failed. I thought it was sufficient, since the submission was being done within a day of the publication.

My definition of a new-born was a mistaken invention on my part, and was based on my understanding about the difference between the age of a new-born vs the age of a baby vs the age of a boy. The comment about the informative links is appreciated; in the future, I'll take extra care to keep this from happening again -- especially since there was stuff I would have preferred doing instead of working an hour or so on a failed submission.

Perhaps it was for the best, since it avoided creating a major issue with the internet. On a rereading after pressing submit, I did a face-palm; which was thinking that the Editors would miss seeing or wouldn't care seeing that there instead of their was used and publish my submission as-is anyway.

Re:Story already posted (1)

phrackthat (2602661) | about a year ago | (#43823509)

Perhaps it was for the best, since it avoided creating a major issue with the internet.

LOL. Well, glad you have a sense of humor about it. I didn't take any offense and your's was a more detailed source so I would have understood if they chose your submission. Take care.

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