Baby saved by cardboard

Megan Lynn Mullins, feature writer

In August a baby named Teagan Lexcen was born with a only half a heart and one lung. This birth defect was so unusual that doctors had never seen it before. When doctors discovered the severity of her condition they told her mother and father, Cassidy and Chad Lexcen that there was nothing they could do for Teagan and sent them home with hospice care.
After about two months had passed and Teagan was still alive her parents started to reach out for help. They contacted an intensive care unit in Boston and got a delayed response. This was not good enough for the Lexcen family because in this case time was of the essence. Chad’s sister found Dr. Redmond Burke, the chief of cardiovascular surgery at Nicklaus Children’s hospital in Miami.
In Miami 30 doctors say around a table discussing treatment plans for Teagan, but none of them quite fit the bill for the specialized surgery that Teagans extreme condition would require. Dr. Carlos Muzi suggested using a 3-D printer to make a copy of her heart so they could get a closer examination of it. But shortly after the suggestion Muzi had to report that the 3-D printer was broken. This caused the doctors to become innovative, soon after the news about the 3-D printer Muzi came up with an option that was even better than the first one. The idea was to use a google cardboard device to get a virtual 3 dimensional shape of Teagans heart. He examined it closely mapping out every incision he would make when performing the surgery on Teagan. The surgery was a success, Teagan is living and happy with her family she was recently taken off the ventilator and is now breathing all on her own.

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