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Baby's life saved with groundbreaking 3D printed device from U-M that restored his breathing
Date:5/23/2013

or 3, although it often is misdiagnosed as asthma that doesn't respond to treatment.

Severe cases, like Kaiba's, are about 10 percent of that number. And they are frightening, says Green. A normal cold can cause a baby to stop breathing. In Kaiba's case, the family was out at a restaurant when he was six weeks old and he turned blue.

"Severe tracheobronchomalacia has been a condition that has bothered me for years," says Green. "I've seen children die from it. To see this device work, it's a major accomplishment and offers hope for these children."

Before the device was placed, Kaiba continued to stop breathing on a regular basis and required resuscitation daily.

"Even with the best treatments available, he continued to have these episodes. He was imminently going to die. The physician treating him in Ohio knew there was no other option, other than our device in development here," Green says.

Kaiba is doing well and he and his family, including an older brother and sister, live in Ohio.

"He has not had another episode of turning blue," says April. "We are so thankful that something could be done for him. It means the world to us."

The University of Michigan is becoming a leader in pediatric device manufacturing, as is the case with the manufacturing process device used to save this baby's life. The FDA-funded University of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED) offers product development guidance and strategic support for advancing devices to market. In a new medical product manufacturing video released by M-PED, Green, Hollister and other U-M and industry experts share their experiences and advice:  https://vimeo.com/64302665

Journal reference: DOI: 10.1056/1 NEJMc1206319

Additional authors: Of the University of Michigan: David A. Zopf , M.D.,
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