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GR doctors use 3D technology to repair boy’s heart

GR doctors use 3D technology to repair boy's heart

Written by David

January 18, 2019

Trent Ahlefeld holds a model of his heart created by a 3D printer using sonography data. (Jan. 17, 2019) Video GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The effort that went into saving 11-year-old Trent Ahlefeld of Greenville was pure science fiction just a few years ago. Virtual reality and 3D printing are not just innovations exciting techno geeks; they’re saving lives in Grand Rapids. Trent was born with a bad heart. Instead of four chambers, it effectively had two. His heart was also backwards and on the wrong side of his chest, and it had a gaping hole. Starting as a newborn, Trent had undergone numerous surgeries and his parents consulted experts nationwide. He needed a new heart and lung, but the possibility of a transplant was slim. “At that point, they had only given him a year to live and it would take them two years to get the […]


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