A Smartphone, Google Cardboard and an App can Save your Life

A Smartphone, Google Cardboard and an App can Save your Life

Below is the true example of great advancement in the field of science and technology and what you can call is miracle. Neither you nor I must have ever thought that something like this could have happen. But, you will be surprised to know that Google cardboard has saved life of a little angel who was facing issues with her undeveloped heart and lung and was earlier told by doctors that she cannot survive any more. Google Cardboard, $20 toy-like goggles, gave cardiac surgeons the perspective they needed to repair four-month-old Teegan Lexcenher’s heart and lung.

Doctors in Minnesota, where Teegan’s parents Cassidy and Chad and her twin sister, Riley, live, told the family they couldn’t operate. But, parents of the little princess reached out to Redmond Burke, M.D., a cardiovascular surgeon at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, known for his innovative techniques. Burke said that he had done numerous surgery in his carrier of 30 years, but has never seen the case as worst like that of Teegan. Then, Redmond and his team came across Google cardboard which helped them save life of the little girl. Burke asked colleague Juan Carlos Muniz, M.D., to make a 3-D model of Teegan’s heart using computer scans of the baby’s heart and lung. With the help of an app called Sketchfab, Muniz downloaded images of Teegan’s heart and lung onto his smartphone. They were then able to look at 3D images using Google Cardboard.

The app and the Google cardboard helped cardiac surgeons to see the images of heart and lung in 3-D virtual reality that come with the clarity and definition needed for delicate surgery. Burke said that the images collected using the app and the Google cardboard gave a whole new perspective to this baby’s heart. Surgeons then performed a multi-stage seven-hour lifesaving operation. The surgery involved rebuilding Teegan’s aorta and connecting it to the pulmonary artery and making a connection to her right lung. Currently, Teegan is recovering at the hospital with her parents and twin sister Riley at her side.

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