3-D printed plastic splint saves baby's life
from Plastics Today
When Kaiba Gionfriddo's life was in danger due to difficulty breathing, two faculty members at the University of Michigan applied for and received emergency clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to create and implant a tracheal splint made from polycaprolactone, one of many medical plastics that qualify as biomaterials. The splint was sewn around Gionfriddo's airway to expand the bronchus and give it a skeleton to aid proper growth. In approximately three years, the splint will be reabsorbed by the body.
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