Through the medical magic of 3D printing, specialists at a hospital in Wuhan were able to give one five-year-old boy his hand back, two years after it had been amputated.
In October 2013, a three-year-old Xiaohu fell into a fire pit while nobody was watching him. The fire left him with burns to 45% of his body. His left hand was so severely burned that doctors had no choice but to amputate.
At the time of their son’s accident, Xiaohu’s parents were both away from their hometown in search of work. His father said that for the past two years, they have felt the constant pang of regret for not being there for their little boy.
In May of this year, Xiaohu’s parents received a call to inform them that their son would become the first burn victim in China to receive a 3D-printed hand. After the surgery was performed earlier this week, Xiaohu’s father was overcome with emotion to see his son once again able to grasp and hold things and ride a bike.
According to China News, 3D-printed hands are more economical, durable and easier to use compared with regular artificial hands. Earlier this year, one three-year-old girl received a 3D-printed skull following a difficult 17-hour surgery.
3D printing, not just for making villas and pancakes.
[Images via China News]