After half a month of healing, the 46-year-old farmer who underwent an operation on August 28 to replace part of his skull with a 3D-printed titanium prosthetic has recovered, and the appearance of his skull has nearly returned to normal.
The patient, surnamed Hu, lost part of his skull during a construction accident in October. Last month, doctors at the Xijing hospital in Xi’an, Shaanxi province successfully replaced the missing part with a 3D-printed titanium metal hood.
As Hu’s scar has almost healed and his body showed no signs of rejecting the implant, doctors now plan on performing another operation to repair his damaged eyelid.
Hu’s vision and speech were also impaired due to the accident, but thanks to the repair of his cerebral nerves during the operation, he can now speak simple words and his language ability is expected to improve gradually.
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[via China View]