A Chinese girl called Han Han was born with congenital hydrocephalus, which is caused by genetic abnormalities or complications during development. This caused for an excessive accumulation of fluid around the brain, causing Han Hans head to swell to being almost half the weight of her entire body. This made it difficult for her to lift her head off of the pillow and created a risk of causing severe damage to her brain tissue.
Surgeons were able to use 3D scanning and 3D data to reconstruct three separate pieces of mesh that when fitted back together would form the titanium skull that would be put into Han Hans head. The surgery lasted over 17 hours and the titanium implants will eventually become surrounded by her own bone which will lead to the strengthening of the top of her skull. Because of some very skilled doctors using inspiring innovation with the help of 3D printing, Han Han is expected to make a full recovery.
Borreli, Lizette. “Chinese Girl Becomes World’s First To Receive Full Skull Reconstruction Via 3D Printing.” Medical Daily.com. Medical Daily, 16 July 2015. Web. 20 July 2015.