Heart surgery is an extremely difficult procedure. Even more so when the tiny anatomy of a small child is involved. When 14-month old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart was failing him, his surgeon Erle Austin knew that he had to prepare meticulously for an intricate operation. Initially he consulted other surgeons, but this yielded conflicting advice. So Austin turned to 3D printing for help.
Using the facilities at the University of Louisville’s engineering school, Austin and his medical team produced a three dimensional model of little Ronald’s heart. Pediatric operations are difficult because the interior structures of a child’s organs are small and hard to see clearly. This model allowed the surgical team to come up with a precise plan to limit the amount of exploratory incisions, reduce operating time and prevent the need for follow-up operations.
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Fuck. This is important.
3D printers are turning out to be the biggest medical breakthrough I’ve heard of in a long fucking time
3D printers are turning out to be one of the biggest breakthroughs of any kind I’ve seen in my lifetime.
OH MY GOD LISTEN TO ITS LITTLE NOISES
HAPPIEST PORKAPINE OF THE WORLD!
DONT TAKE MAH CORN!
WHAT THE EVER LOVING HOLY GOODNESS IS THIS! TEDDY I LOVE YOU!
Dad’s “find” more leisure time, eh? Like, it was hidden under the rug and the mom’s didn’t look hard for it?
"Fathers take full advantage of the weekends."
“With moms scaling back their time for child care..”
Ugh. I want people to pay attention to how these discussions are framed. Men don’t magically “find” more time for leisure; this implies that if women take less time for leisure, they are doing something wrong. It also ignores the fact that part of the reason dads can have more leisure time is that the mom’s are watching the children. Does no one realize if the dad’s watched the kids more, the moms would have more leisure time?
No because it’s too busy implying that if mothers do just that, they are somehow neglecting their children. How does one “scale back their time” for parenting anyway? When fathers go play golf for 8 hours on a Saturday, is that “scaling back” too? Oh wait, it’s called “taking advantage of the weekends”! ::eye-roll::
This whole article is massively irritating.
I have never seen something that more accurately describes how I’m feeling right now
John Barrowman doing an impersonation of David Tennant when they discovered Jack Harkness was the Face of Boe.
I just died.