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3-D Printed Stents Save Toddlers | MIT Technology Review

The three infant boys were each near death. They were all on ventilators. All had airways so tiny that the breaths they tried to exhale couldn’t get out.

As a last-ditch effort to save their lives, doctors at the University of Michigan used a 3-D printer to produce small plastic stents that surgeons attached, just above the boys’ lungs, to prop the airways open.

3-D Printed Stents Save Toddlers | MIT Technology Review