A team of surgeons at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital recently saved the life of a one-week-old baby with the aid of a 3-D printed model of the child's heart. The 3-D model was used as a guide for surgery on the child, who was born with a complex and deadly form of congenital heart disease.

Emile Bacha, M.D., director of congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery at the hospital, and his team performed surgery when the baby was just one week old and weighed only 7 lbs. With the aid of the 3-D model, the team was able to repair all of the heart's defects in a single procedure. Typically, hospital executives said, babies born with this complex form of CHD require a series of three or four life-threatening surgeries.

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