An Ohio baby, Kaiba Gionfriddo, was born with a birth defect that caused his airway to constantly collapse, and his heart to even stop sometimes. So the doctors tried something they had been studying, artificial airway splints.
They printed out 100 tiny tubes using a 3D laser printer. With it, they were able to make the splint, and implant it successfully. That was nearly a year and a half ago.
Baby Kaiba is now 19-months-old and doctors say that he hasn’t had a single breathing incident since the surgery.