3D Printed Models Helped Surgeons Prepare for World’s First Pediatric Bilateral Hand Transplant

zion-after-surgery-photo-CHOP-1024x576As many 8-year-old boys do, Zion Harvey wanted to swing on the monkey bars and to pick up his little sister and swing her around as they played. Zion, however, is unlike many other children his age, demonstrating not only life experience but a resilience and wisdom beyond his years; when he was only two years old, Zion got sick. Very sick.

A bacterial infection in 2008 threatened his life, resulting in multiple organ failure. As a toddler, Zion lost his hands and his legs below the knee to the disease, which had also shut down his kidney function, leaving him reliant on dialysis for two years. While many mothers say they would give anything for their children, Zion’s mom, Pattie Ray, gave her son a kidney. The transplant meant the youngster would be on anti-rejection medications for the rest of his life.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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