UK engineer makes own aortic implant, saves own life

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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By Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

2399 Articles

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Well, OK, admittedly Tal Golesworthy had a team of respected doctors and medical imaging experts to consult with, but, as he puts it, “[w]hen you’ve got the scalpel of Damocles hanging over your sternum, it motivates you into making things happen and so they do.” Only two years elapsed between his fateful diagnosis and his recent successful surgery. The implant itself was designed on a computer based on digital imagery of Golesworthy’s heart, and fabricated on a form made using a rapid prototyping technique. Check out all the details at The Engineer. [via Boing Boing]

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