Materialise and Indian Hospital Collaborate to Save Two Teenage Heart Patients’ Lives

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Whenever I cover a story about 3D printed medical models that assist surgeons and help communication with patients, I have the feeling no one can argue with this obvious and critical use of the technology. But it’s less common to see a story about this application of the technology in medicine, where you can say that without it, patients would probably die.

Well, this story is an uplifting one about how two teenagers in India were turned away from much needed heart surgeries because the surgeries were too complicated.  Both teenagers, Krishna and Izam, suffered from congenital heart disease, and doctors would be taking chances risking highly complex surgeries due to each teens’ unique structural defects.

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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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