Cardiovascular surgeons at Miami Children’s Hospital turned to 3D printing to print out a scale replica of a 4-year-old girl’s heart so they could plan for a complicated surgery to save the girl’s life. She suffers from a congenital condition called anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), which basically means her veins pump blood to the wrong part of her heart, causing breathing difficulties, lethargy and a weakened immune system that left her sick often.
After a few band-aid surgeries that proved to be temporary fixes, doctors knew they needed to come up with a solution. The situation was dire, as the cardiac team estimated that she would only live for another few weeks, if not days, without a permanent fix. Using the 3D-printed model, the doctors were able to plan a surgery that hadn’t been performed before using parts from a donor heart, and today young Adanelie Gonzalez’s blood is flowing normally and she’s recovering in the hospital. More