3D Printer Saves Toddler Struggling To Breathe

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 9:46am

Garrett Peterson was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve. More simply stated, he had a hole between the lower chambers of his heart. The condition put significant pressure on his lungs and caused his airways to collapse. Doctors struggled to address the pressure, which is known as severe tracheobronchomalacia. However, with the help of a three-dimensional printer, doctors created a splint out of biopolymer known as polycaprolactone and sewed it around the young boy's right and left bronchi to expand his airway. Watch the videos below to learn more about Garrett's story...

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