Michael had a tumor and it was very close to the fibers that allowed him to see. His parents, Michael and Jessica, took him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. To cut the tumor out, surgeons relied on a 3D model of Michaels’ brain. According to Dr. Gedela, the tumor called, Ependymomas, is rare when compared to all the tumors but is the third most common brain tumor. Around 185 children are diagnosed each year with this type of tumor. It’s not covered by insurance, but because Children’s believes in the 3d printing capability, they’ve decided not to pass along the cost to families. Thanks in large part to a 3D printer that allowed his surgeons to see inside the brain of a 12-year-old like never before.

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