Another wonderful experience writing with Mary Loftus for Emory Medicine!
I first learned about 3D-printing in middle school science, where my debate team went all-out to argue that it could be a solution to the dubious ethics of organ cloning. We were thrilled by its possibilities, even though it seemed like science fiction.
Over ten years later, this technology is becoming a regular part of medical care and education. Writing this article, like 3D-printing itself, was a process of layering stories and ideas. At the end, seeing the product come to life is almost surreal.
I never imagined all the ways that 3D-printing is shaping medicine. As a survivor of a congenital heart defect, I’m touched to share about the amazing possibilities of a technology that can not only be used to pioneer pediatric cardiac surgeries, but also to patch hearts, model bones and tracheas, create customized stents, and more. I can’t wait to hear more stories about how 3D-printing will change people’s lives.