3D Printing Could Save Your Child’s Life
Posted by Seeker Network on Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Andiamo delivers a medically effective orthosis within 2 weeks of a person’s need globally. Using 3D scanning, 3D printing and an advanced clinical service that puts the families first.
We build healthcare solutions for disabled children to ensure that no child anywhere in the world has to wait more than a week for their medical device. Our services will be driven by empathy, designed around the child and their family’s life. We will reduce the wait time for an orthoses from months to weeks. Shorter wait times will lead to better outcomes for the child.
After our successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014, we are now ready to launch our service in the UK and mainland Europe. In the next few years we plan to take this service worldwide.
Our journey started when Diamo was born in 2003. He had a difficult birth due to medical negligence, which led to cerebral palsy. Sadly he passed away in March 2012.
Diamo was diagnosed to have, severe developmental delay, he was quadriplegic and had very little head control; which meant that he required extensive treatment to help him with basic functions such as eating, sitting and looking around, this included him having a multitude of orthotics braces and gators. He had DAFOs, hand splints, TLSO and a Second Skin night garment. Without these, it made Diamo’s daily routine very difficult. This then had an impact on the family life as well.
Caring for his wellbeing was challenging enough. Getting his orthotics right was another change all together. Not having these made caring for him even more difficult. He couldn’t eat properly as he couldn’t sit up straight, he kept slipping off his seating system, these included his chairs and wheelchairs.
OUR lives as a family revolved around:
- When is the next orthotic appointment?
- Are they going to get it right this time?
- Or shall we brace ourselves to come back to the appointment again and again?
The process was very long and frustrating. But when the end result was good it became worth it. However, more often than less, the braces came a few months after the measurements were taken, by which time Diamo had outgrown the braces. This meant we either made do with a bad product or go through the whole process again.