This medical video shows the advancements of a titanium rib which allows children to have chest wall reconstruction.
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Jennifer: Kathy and Chris Hayes are thankful for every move Abby makes. When Abby was born the right side of her spine and her chest wall were not growing. Kathy: That we didn’t do anything she could develop lung problems because the lung wouldn’t be allow to grow normally if that side of her body wasn’t growing the way it should. Jennifer: After meeting with countless specialist the Hayes referred to Doctor Randel Betz of Shriners hospital he told them Abby was an ideal candidate for an experimental device called the titanium rib. Randel: The titanium rib is an expandable prosthetist that’s made out of titanium. It fixates to either rib or parts of the spine and it’s to correct chest wall deformities or spinal deformity. Jennifer: The titanium rib expands the rib cage and straightens the spines of children like Abby. Randel: prior to this device being able available the only treatment for her would have been to fuse her spine and she would ended up with a chest cavity besides of a 1 year older a new born. Jennifer: After unusual implants surgeries performed every 4 to 6 months to lengthen the rib devices the child grows. When the child is done growing this step is no longer needed. Randel: And it heals and then she would not need anything else done for the rest of her life. How is your back doing? Abby: Good Chris: Abby’s future is bright this fix surges is as essential to be happy normal growing child. Jennifer: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.