Doctors in Miami used Google cardboard combined with 3D imaging to map out intricate heart surgery, to save the life of a baby.
Doctors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Florida used the contraption, made of cardboard to envision a surgical procedure. A baby with one lung and half of her heart missing was operated using this procedure.
Researchers viewed an article called ‘The 20 Most Innovative Pediatric Surgeons Alive Today’ and used an app called Sketchfab to download images of Teegan’s heart onto his iPhone and showed them to Dr Burke through the Google cardboard device.
With the goggles on, it was possible move around and see the heart from every angle and check its structure, preparing a map for surgery.
The 3D imaging also helped doctors to gain access to the baby’s heart, which was unusually placed in the far left of her chest, and also to ‘re-routing’ her right heart ventricle so that it could do the job of both the left and the right It was mind-blowing, said mother Cassidy Lexcen. ”To see this little cardboard box and a phone, and to think this is what saved our daughter’s life.“
The baby has been taken off a ventilator four weeks after surgery and is breathing on her own. Doctors expect her to return home within two weeks and make a full recovery.