Transcending Physical Trauma

In violence-wracked Sudan, the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab is manufacturing artificial limbs quickly and cheaply for injured children. In India, the amputees themselves provide expert input as a high-performance prosthetic knee joint, one that is also affordable and durable, comes to market. Equally groundbreaking are the suspended animation experiments taking place in a Seattle lab. There, researchers dialed down an animal’s need for oxygen, halting all observable life processes, and then reanimated the animal hours later. Their hope is to translate those steps into a process that puts a trauma victim into hibernation until medical help is within reach. When it comes to treating trauma, has science gained the upper hand over science fiction?

Festival: Spotlight Health 2015

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