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The extraordinary development of 3D printing technology has given one British man his life back. Thanks to the incredible advancements of 3D printing in the medical field, Eric Moger received a 3D-printed face, enabling him to eat, drink, and speak regularly again. Moger lost a large portion of his face when he developed a cancerous growth that had to be removed, and he was recently fitted with a functional mask that changed his life.
Moger was diagnosed with a giant tumor that was growing beneath the skin on his face four years ago. The cancerous growth had to be removed along with much of his cheek, eye and jaw. The resulting hole caused Moger to have to hold his face when talking, and made it nearly impossible to eat, as water and food simply fell out of the side of his face when he tried to eat. Instead, he was forced to feed himself with a tube that went straight to his stomach.
But thanks to 3D printing technology, Moger now has a new face. Moger was referred to Dr. Andrew Dawood, who found success producing 3D-printed jaws for patients at his dental surgery practice. After scanning his remaining face and skull, Dawood 3D printed the portion of Moger’s face, as well as a titanium jaw brace that would hold the face-mask into place with ease.
The new 3D-printed mask is attached to Moger’s face with a plastic plate inside his mouth, and the jaw brace. When connected, Moger is able to speak, eat and drink with ease — for the first time since before his surgery.