3D Printer makes an amazing difference for Dexter

Meet three-year-old Dexter. This is his story about his life-changing kidney transplant, for which his dad, Brendan, was the donor.

Father holding  a young toddler in a hospital ward
Dexter (right) with his father Brendan

A 3D printer, which was bought thanks to donations, played a vital part in Dexter and Brendan’s operations.

Little Dexter was born with severe kidney problems which left him only able to eat from a feeding tube. Dexter desperately needed a kidney transplant, for which Brendan selflessly volunteered to be the donor.

To help plan this complex operation, staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ used the 3D printer to check that Brendan’s adult-sized kidney would fit into his tiny son’s abdomen.

Dexter, Brendan and the life-changing 3D printer

Three-year-old Dexter's life-changing kidney transplant, for which his dad, Brendan, was the donor. A 3D printer, bought thanks to donations, played a vital part in both their operations.

The pioneering method enabled Brendan’s kidney and Dexter’s abdomen to be scanned and then printed as 3D models. Surgeons used the models to check how the kidney would fit and even took them into the operating theatre to help them during the procedure.

Thanks to donations, the 3D printer will help many more patients at Guy’s and St Thomas’ like Dexter and Brendan.

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