Scientists have performed a revolutionary task by transplanting a 3D printed living ear onto a patient suffering rare birth defect. Currently, the trials for the procedure are going on.
Eventually, the groundbreaking experiment will provide the woman with a living ear created with her own cells. It is going to be a revolutionary procedure. However, the trials are still going on. Scientists have to conduct different safety checks before they continue with the General Medical processes.
Who made the experiment possible?
The biotechnology company 3D Bio is responsible for conducting this innovative experiment. The CEO of the company Dan Cohen mentioned that it is the first time that a company would do it. A biotech firm has never before printed an entire living body part and implanted it onto a patient. It would replace an organ that a patient did not possess by birth or lost due to disease or trauma.
The CEO said this surgery is a breakthrough achievement for all suffering from microtia. It is a congenital defect that restricts the development of the ears. According to the Cleveland Clinic, one to five children out of 10,000 births suffer from this rare medical condition.
A 20-year-old woman who has microtia will undergo this revolutionary surgery. Biotechnology is becoming quite an impressive day by day. Now bio scientists across the globe are discussing its benefits and trying to find new possibilities. Arturo Bonilla is a pediatric ear reconstructive surgeon. Talking about the 3D-printed ear, he mentioned that he had treated hundreds of children from around the world with microtia. He feels inspired by this technology as it would be life-changing for microtia patients and their loved ones.
Bonilla said this new method would simplify the treatment of microtia. Currently, surgeons use invasive techniques such as harvesting rib cartilage to create new organs and cure this defect.
The pediatrician believes that this technique would change the lives of children born with microtia. Teasing or bullying becomes an issue for such kids as appearance is vital in the early life years.
The patient’s views
The trial patient shared her views regarding the procedure with The New York Times. She said teenagers care more for their image. The unthoughtful things that people started saying about her image bothered her a lot. She further thinks that her self-esteem will get a boost after the surgery.