Tal Golesworthy, a British Engineer, and a victim of Marfan syndrome, set his 'heart' on developing an aortic enlargement to treat his own problem.
With help from University College London, the device was perfected and later implanted in him and 19 others.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer-aided design (CAD) always intrigued Golesworthy. In his design, he has combined these technologies with rapid prototyping (RP) techniques, so that the device functions like an internal bandage.
This, he hopes, will cut the risk of harmful clots that may develop due to the mechanical valve and importantly, obliterate the requirement of Warfarin.