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3D Printing Helps One Toddler Without a Nose

Another day, another medical miracle.

Two-year-old Tessa Evans was born with no nose, and with no sense of smell, but with the help of a 3D printer, doctors might be able to change that.
Tessa along with having no nose or sense of smell, she also doesn't have any sinuses, although she can still sneeze and even catch a cold. The disorder, called arhinia, is extremely rare - there have only been 47 cases reported in medical history.
It wasn’t until Tessa’s mother had her 20-week ultrasound that it was discovered that Tessa would be born with a missing nose.
“Doctors were able to stabilize her so she could breathe on her own and eventually I was allowed to hold her for a few seconds,” Tessa's mother Grainne Evans explained. “I kissed her forehead and told her I loved her before they took her away. I felt so lonely and helpless, I was supposed to protect my baby and be able to help but I couldn’t. There were tubes coming out of her tiny little body everywhere. She spent her first five weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit which were undoubtedly the worst weeks of my life.”
Her parents decided to try this ground-breaking surgery while she is young so that the procedure is easier and she is able to grow up without the hardships that come with a physical deformity.

So how will they do it?

The surgery will involve a mould being inserted into Tessa's face to stretch her skin, and slowly build the cosmetic implant.
She'll never be able to smell, but the changes that the doctors can make are extraordinary.
You can watch a video on Tessa here!
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