3D Printed Device Saves Baby’s Life


(WGAL/NBC News) A Pennsylvania girl is headed home after spending the first 13 months of her life in the hospital.

Ramiah Martin was born with tracheal agenisis. It’s an extremely rare condition that most affected babies don’t survive.

Ramiah’s doctors at Penn State Children’s Hospital didn’t give up.

“We did some quick thinking, I would say, and made some hard decisions on her first day of life to go on this journey toward survival,” Dr. Robert Cilley says.

His team collaborated with experts from around the country.

They ended up creating a small plastic-like piece with a 3D printer.

It serves as a splint to strengthen her esophagus, which she uses as a trachea, and allows her to breath.

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