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Amputee horse rider gets a new lease of life with 3D-printed prosthetic leg

Belinda Gatland, a British expat living in the UAE and an amputee for more than 10 years has become the first recipient of a fully 3D-printed prosthetic leg in the region. Belinda, who works as an equine physiotherapy specialist, had to have her leg amputated after a horse riding accident at the age of 22 resulted in necrosis (premature death of tissue or bone cells) and left her in immense pain for several years.


Researchers regenerate bone using 3D printed clay hydrogel

Researchers in China have released a manuscript detailing a 3D printable material specially designed to support the growth of bone cells. Matter grown with the support of this polymer/clay nanocomposite could be used in the treatment of bone defects caused by trauma, deformities, or the removal of tumours. It has also been tested in vivo with positive results.

Middle East's only reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman installs 3D printer

We’ve seen several times before the incredible breakthroughs that are being made by 3D printing in the field of medicine, as it allows prosthetic body parts to be easily designed, cheaply produced, and personalized to an individual wearer’s needs. This month will see the introduction of the technology in one of the places where this kind of care is most urgently required. A new 3D printer, capable of producing prosthetic ears and eyes, will be installed in a hospital in the Jordanian capital of Amman that tends to the victims of conflicts from all over the war-torn Middle Eastern region.


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