Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Garrett Peterson & 3D Printed Windpipe

Species that have no neocortex, such as reptiles, lack maternal affection; when their young hatch, the newborns must hide to avoid being cannibalize.

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On the other hand, humans we are wired differently, parents sacrifice their own life to save their young.

Pander the last moments of of Gary and Mary Jane Chauncey, a couple completely devoted to their eleven-year-old daughter Andrea, who was confined to a wheelchair by cerebral palsy. The Chauncey family were passengers on an Amtrak train that crashed into a river after a barge hit and weakened a railroad bridge in Louisiana’s bayou country. Thinking first of their daughter, the couple tried their best to save Andrea as water rushed into the sinking  train; somehow they managed to push Andrea through a window to rescuers. Then, as the car sank beneath the water, they perished.

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As a parent, it is agonizing to see your kid suffer and can’t do anything to help them. I can’t imagine what these parents went through for 18 months, watching their baby stop breathing and turn blue few times a day and can’t do any thing to prevent it or help. Luckily they had some help from some smart people who used 3-D printer to fix his windpipe. It is an amazing story to how a new, young technology, FDA and some smart minds came together to save this little boy and his parents.

An incredible story.

Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe