By the age of 3, Hunter's spinal condition had dramatically deteriorated. His spine curved at a 90-degree angle, which compressed his spinal cord. Without a highly complex surgery, he'd be paralyzed for life. By using an innovative 3D technology, our multidisciplinary team of experts from orthopedics and neurology worked together, to rebuild a spine as strong as Hunter's spirit.
A 90-degree curve in Hunter’s spine threatened lifelong paralysis. The only way he’d walk again is by undergoing a complex spinal surgery.
Due to the risk of operating on a spine as small as Hunter's, we practiced on an exact replica that was created using 3D technology.
Thanks to this innovative approach, Hunter had surgery to help him regain the use of his legs.
Hunter got to go home with his parents just five days after spinal surgery.
Hunter began physical therapy to rebuild his strength. By June, he could walk, run and even jump on his own.
Hunter started preschool right on time with all his friends. He loves Transformers and studying the human skeleton.
We'd like to express gratitude to Mighty Oak Medical for providing the FIREFLY 3D printing technology that was instrumental in making Hunter's surgery a success.
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