Sunday, January 30, 2011

Life saving 3D engineering

British Engineer Designs Own Heart Valve Implant, Saves Own Life
Article by Dan Nosowitz

"In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a British engineer, was told that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue that often causes rupturing of the aorta. The only solution then available was the pairing of a mechanical valve and a highly risky blood thinner. To an engineer like Golesworthy, that just wasn't good enough. So he constructed his own implant that does the job better than the existing solution--and became the first patient to try it... >> :

UK engineer develops own life-saving implant
Article by Ellie Zolfagharifard

"A serious heart problem inspired UK engineer Tal Golesworthy to develop a device that offers hope not just for himself but for thousands of other patients with the same condition.

In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a process engineer from Tewkesbury, was told that the aortic root in his heart had expanded to 4.8cm and was in danger of splitting. He had two choices; undergo surgery to insert a mechanical valve or risk a sudden and fatal heart attac..." >>

External aortic root support for Marfan syndrome: early clinical results in the first 20 recipients
with a bespoke implant.