3D Printing Saves a Woman From Paralysis In India
An Indian woman facing a future of quadriplegia and even death because of an unusual spinal condition has been restored to health after having innovative surgery that involved 3D-printed vertebrae. 3D Printing saves a life, 3D Printing creates another miracle.
For those who are still wondering what 3D Printing can actually do, we have one more miracle to share. This time India witnesses the power of 3D Printing when a women with deteriorating health and chances of death because of spinal cord malfunction which had spread up to 10 vertebrates is walking today with minimal support just because of a surgery which heavily relied on 3D Printed titanium vertebrae.
Surgeons at Medanta – the Medicity in Gurgaon, India, replaced the woman’s damaged first, second and third vertebrae with a 3D printed titanium implant in a 10-hour surgery, closing the gap between her skull and spine and allowing her to stand and walk normally again. With no support between her skull and lower spine, British newspaper The Guardian reports the woman’s posture began curving and progressive weakness in her limbs was leading to paralysis.
“Given the complexity of this case, the use of 3D printing technology has helped us in bringing a successful outcome,” Dr V Anand Naik, senior consultant (spine surgery) at Medanta’s Bone & Joint Institute, said. Dr Naik led the surgical team that operated on the woman. “The patient today on 12 post-operative days is now walking with minimal support, all her pain has gone, her voice and dysphasia has recovered completely and, most importantly, her life was saved by this technique.” Time and again 3D Printing has been proving it’s existence,from these titanium based 3D Printed vertebrates to a 3D Printed heart that saved a two year old’s life.
It may sound like futuristic science fiction, but it’s happening right now!