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Cancer victim gets 3D-printed face

Cancer victim gets 3D-printed face
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London (PTI): In a first-of-its kind procedure in UK, doctors have employed a pioneering three-dimensional printing technology to create a prosthetic...

dLondon (PTI): In a first-of-its kind procedure in UK, doctors have employed a pioneering three-dimensional printing technology to create a prosthetic face for a man who had the entire left side of his face removed after suffering from cancer. Sixty-year-old restaurant manager Eric Moger lost almost the entire left side of his face during an emergency surgery to remove the cancer, including his eye, his cheek bone and most of his jaw, leaving a gaping hole where his features had once been. After creating scans of Moger's left-over skull and using computers to visualise how his face would look like, the doctors were able to use a new type of printer that builds up layer upon layer of nylon plastic to produce the exact components needed in the facelift, 'The Telegraph' reported. The procedure has transformed the father-of-two's life, allowing him to drink his first glass of water and taste food for the first time since he underwent the surgery to remove the tumour. Until now he has had to feed and drink through a tube directly into his stomach, the report said. "I was amazed at the way it looks," said Moger, who lives in Essex.
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