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Engineering Minute – Low cost solution for deadly birth defect

Low cost solution for deadly birth defect

Students at Rice university have developed a low cost medical device to treat gastroschisis, a deadly birth defect where the intestines protrude outside the body near the navel. In developed countries, this condition is easily treatable with a few surgeries and a special bag that holds the intestines as they descend back into the body. The same cannot be said for areas with diminished access to medical resources, where the special bag is cost prohibitive. The solution is a silicone bag made from low cost stitched silicone and a specially designed 3D printed ring that can be adjusted to match the patient's needs. Read more about this life saving device at Rice University.

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