Baby Awab was born with six heart defects, including a missing valve that was life threatening. “He had no blood flow to his lungs under normal circumstances,” explained Dr. Abhay Divekar, MEDNAX-affiliated pediatric cardiologist at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver. For Awab’s second open heart surgery, Dr. Divekar used an MRI for a two dimensional look and then had a 3D model of his heart printed, giving the surgeons more confidence. According to Dr. Divekar, “it’s like the difference between looking at a map, that we did 30 years ago, and using GPS.” The surgery was a success and Awab’s problem heart is now as close to normal as possible.
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