Pediatric heart surgery
In February, doctors in Louisville, Ken., performed the world’s first pediatric heart surgery aided by 3D printing, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The 14-month-old patient was born with heart defects that were so severe that the doctors couldn’t identify the exact problems prior to the operation. A surgeon at the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville contacted the University of Louisville engineering school about 3D printing, and received a free MakerBot 3D Printer for the project. Using CT scans of the patient’s heart, the doctors printed a plastic replica of the heart to study before the surgery.