Gallery: 3D-Printed Tracheal Splint Saves Baby’s Life


Doctors did not expect newborn Kaiba Gionfridoo to live long when he was found to have a serious tracheal condition that inhibited his ability to breathe. The infant had a collapsed bronchus and had to be resuscitated on a daily basis. At a loss for solutions, his doctors contacted medical researchers at the University of Michigan for help. Glenn Green, M.D. and Scott Hollister, Ph.D. had designed a 3D-printed tracheal splint made of polycaprolactone, a biopolymer that eventually dissolves in the body. 21 days after the splint was implanted Kaiba was taken off breathing support, and 20 months later he continues to breathe on his own.

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1 Comment

  1. Guy Miflin September 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I love stories like this! It gives me comfort that when I have children, everything will be okay. This baby is adorable too. What his exact condition?

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