Centre keeps reaching out

2018-10-03 06:02

The Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, continues assisting people needing medical devices.

Since the beginning of 2018 six people have been assisted, and the target is to aid about 15 patients.

Elijah Cloete (6) is one of the six beneficiaries who were assisted lately.

A challenging pediatric surgery by a team of experts of various medical disciplines was performed to give him a new lease on life.

Elijah was born with underdeveloped ears and sealed ear canals, an unusual congenital medical condition known as microtia with bilateral congenital aural atresia. He underwent surgical preparation for a pair of custom-made prosthetic pinna, or external ears.

Elijah also received a hearing aid to enhance his quality of life.

From 2015 to 2017 about 65 patients were assisted through the expertise of the CRPM team, the support of state and private hospitals and funding from partners such as the Fuchs Foundation.

Part of a research initiative, the CRPM’s latest technology model specialises in Additive Manufacturing (AM), known as 3D printing.

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