Three-year-old Dexter Clark was born with bad kidneys.His father Brendan says the boy was constantly sick.When he was 1 year old,we had to have a procedure to give him a gastrostomy so it could be fed through a tube because he threw up so much.A kidney transplant would change Dexter’s life.
His father’s matched but Brendan’s kidney was bigger than average which would complicate surgery so doctors at Guy’s and St.Thomas NHS Foundation Trust 3D-printed copies of Brendan’s and Dexter’s organs.
Practicing on the replica organs allows doctors to spot potential problems before the actual operation begins,says transplant surgeon Nicos Kessaris.The components are flexible so you can manipulate them to simulate the steps of the operation as well.
Technology companies Stratasys developed the 3D organ printer.These practice organs can help cut the cost of health care,says company Vice President Phil Reeves.If we can take an hour or two hours off a procedure,if we can reduce the amount of time in that theater,reduce the amount of recovery time,the amount of beds being taken up,all of that compounded really drives the economic argument for where 3D printing helps the Health Service.
What’s inside?Daddy’s kidney.And helps a three-year-old boy and his family lead a normal life.
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