December 23, 2015 – 14-Year-Old Becomes First Teen Saved by 3D Printed Tracheal Splint
For one Texas family, who spent their last Christmas worrying by their sick daughter’s hospital bedside, this year’s holiday season will be much brighter thanks to the help of 3D printing technology.
14-year-old Hannah Coulter, daughter of Marsha and Tommy Coulter, had been having trouble breathing for many years until doctors finally diagnosed her with with tracheobronchomalacia, a potentially life threatening disease that results in an eventual tracheal collapse. Hannah, who also has autism, underwent various procedures at a Texas hospital after the diagnosis to try and open up her trachea to allow her to breathe properly, but none were very successful.
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