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7-Year Old Gets 3-D Printed Skull After Traumatic Brain Injury

Surgery and Surgical Robotics November 17, 2016

When Teddy Ward fell down a California hillside and suffered a traumatic brain injury about two years ago, he lost nearly 50 percent of his skull. After doctors weren’t able to repair it, they instead gave him a 3-D printed life-like skull that has helped him get back to being an ordinary first-grader, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Traumatic Brain InjuryBetween the injury and surgery, Teddy, 7, had to wear a helmet everywhere, and refrain from going to birthday parties and playdates.

“This was a remarkable defect,” Dr. Mark M. Urata, head of the division of plastic and maxillofacial surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), told CBS Los Angeles.

Coping with his new way of life was difficult for the young boy and his mother.

“No parent wanted the responsibility of a child without a skull,” Lisa Ward, Teddy’s mom, told the news station.

Teddy’s 3-D printed skull, which he received at CHLA, fits with his existing skull bone and is comprised of a material called PolyEtherEtherKetone (PEEK). PEEK isn’t plastic but has similar physical properties as a skull, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Read More – Source: 7-year-old gets life-like 3-D printed skull after severe fall | Fox News

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