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3-Year-Old Girl Receives 3D Printed Skull Implant

Han Han was born with hydrocephalus, a medical condition that causes abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Doctors have now saved her life by implanting a 3D printed titanium skull.

The little girl’s head has grown up to a size, where it weighed more than half of her entire body weight and she had therefore been forced to stay in bed for almost a year. Her family was now finally able to raise enough money for the operation thanks to donations. During a 17-hour operation, doctors at a hospital in Hunan Province in Southeast China drained fluid, repositioned her brain and implanted the 3D printed upper part of the skull. The team used data of CT scans to model the mesh structured implant, which was then 3D printed using a titanium alloy.

The complex surgery had been successful and Han Han is expected to make a full recovery according to doctors. Over time, her own bone will grow over the implants and form her new skull.

Three-year-old Hanhan is seen after a surgery to implant three pieces of titanium mesh to replace her skull, as her aunt cries while holding her hand at a hospital in Changsha, Hunan province, China, July 15, 2015. According to local media, Hanhan suffers from hydrocephalus, a medical condition that causes abnormal accumulation of fluid in cavities of the brain. The hospital said she would have to go through more surgeries before making recovery. REUTERS/Stringer
Han Han’s aunt visiting the little girl after surgery. Picture: Reuters

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