Oh 3D printing, how much do we love you? A lot, according to a man in China who just took his first steps in quite some time, and is extremely grateful to have done so.
“For me, it’s a scenario of no cure without 3D printing,” said the patient, Mr. Yuan.
While grateful to be alive, Mr. Yuan is also extremely happy to be walking again after going through a very difficult time with his health. After doctors found a malignant tumor on his spine, they were forced to take aggressive action as is often the case, removing both the tumor and a huge portion of his backbone with it. While these measures are taken so that the patient is not consumed by cancer, the repercussions can be devastating, as someone may find themselves alive and tumor-free but, as in Mr. Yuan’s case, unable to use their legs.