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Dr Tarique HussainDr Tarique Hussain

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Cardiology

Saving the lives of children with heart defects

‘The surgeon could see in the model what he would see when he opened the heart. During the surgery he felt more confident he could close the hole.’

King’s Pioneer Dr Tarique Hussain and his team have enabled a life-saving operation on a two-year-old girl born with a serious heart defect.

Mina had a large hole between the two chambers in her heart that doctors thought couldn’t be repaired. However, Dr Hussain and his team were able to use a 3D printer to create a replica of her heart based on her scans.

>> Watch Dr Hussain, Mina and her mother on BBC Breakfast


Mina BBC


3D heart

Using a 3D printer enabled the medical team to tailor her surgery and successfully perform the operation – saving Mina’s life.

Dr Hussain and his team are now using this technique to save the lives of other patients with complicated heart defects. Their work raises the possibility of using 3D printing to model different organs too, so that other surgeries can be made more successful.

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