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3D printed spine used in world first surgery to help a 12-year-old boy walk again, after he spent two months lying flat in a hospital bed | Mail Online

Surgeons in China successfully implanted this artificial 3D-printed vertebra into a 12-year-old bone cancer patient to help him walk again

3D printed spine used in world first surgery to help a 12-year-old boy walk again, after spending two months lying flat in hospital

  • Surgeons at Beijing’s Peking University Hospital removed a tumour in the second vertebra of a young boy’s neck

Dr Liu Zhongjun, who carried out the surgery at Peking University Hospital in Beijing, first had to remove a tumor from the young boy's vertebra

  • They replaced the bone with a 3D-printed implant between the first and third vertebrae
  • Five-hour surgery was a world first and will enable the boy to walk again

Doctors replaced the tumor-ridden second vertebra with the 3D-printed implant

  • He has spent the past two months lying flat in a hospital bed after injuring his neck during a football game

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2735858/3D-printed-spine-used-world-surgery-help-12-year-old-boy-walk-spent-two-months-lying-flat-hospital-bed.html#ixzz3CkTeBrDd
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