Blind expectant mother ‘sees’ ultrasound’ of baby thanks to 3-D printing

Blind expectant mother ‘sees’ ultrasound’ of baby thanks to 3-D printing

It’s a bit of a modern touchstone for expectant mothers and fathers to see the first ultrasound photos of their unborn children. It’s a moving, transformative experience for parents-to-be, but for Tatiana Guerra, it was an experience she was unlikely to ever have.

At 30 years old, Guerra was 20 weeks pregnant, so when she went to her doctor to discover how her unborn son, Murilo, was progressing, she had no expectation of actually seeing an image of what her baby looked like. Guerra unfortunately lost her sight when she was 17.

But with the aid of 3D printing, the young mother had a priceless experience. Her doctor surprised her with a 3D printed sculpture of her baby’s face which was taken from ultrasound image data. It allowed her to touch a replica of her tiny boy’s face and in a tactile way, take in how Murilo might look.

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