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3-D Printing Helps Man Get Back His Face Broken in Fall

by Anubha Sinha on  April 3, 2014 at 1:37 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
A 3-D printing helped this man from England get back his face after every bone in his face was broken following a fall from a fourth floor balcony.
 3-D Printing Helps Man Get Back His Face Broken in Fall
3-D Printing Helps Man Get Back His Face Broken in Fall
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Jon Fenton, 27, had gone on a holiday to Barcelona with fiancée Rachel West when he fell off the 35-foot hotel balcony. He fell on a concrete which shattered his face and skull, broke all four limbs but the brain was saved.

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After he returned from Barcelona, he was admitted to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where specialists used a 3-D print of his damaged skull and old pictures to understand how to re-break his bones and rebuild his face. The reconstructive surgery where almost every bone in his face was re-set lasted for 14 hours.

Dr Dilip Srinivasan, who oversaw the process, said, "It's a big undertaking. We had to break nearly all the bones in his face, like a jigsaw."

Fenton was trying to balance on a chair to get a better view of Barcelona. He said, "I don't remember the fall, but I fell over a chair. I was trying to get a good view of the city and must have tripped over it and went over the balcony." He stayed in a Barcelona hospital for six weeks.

According to doctors, Fenton's face acted as a crumple zone which protected his head and chest from serious injuries.

Fenton is now back at his home and is planning to marry Rachel later this year.

Source: Medindia
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