How 3D technology has changed surgery in Africa

Nduta Waweru April 06, 2018

Akikere Bassey [Photo: IOL]

Easing a little girl’s breathing problems

In 2015, the surgeons at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town used 3D technology to print models of the skull and face of Akikere Bassey.

The Nigerian girl has a genetic condition called Crouzon Syndrome, characterised by the premature fusion of skull bones and the cranial base. The condition also comes with developmental and heart problems, breathing issues and hypertension.

Leading plastic surgeon Professor Frank Graewe led the team of doctors conducting the operation that eased the heart and breathing problems Akikere experienced.


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