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3D printing allows visually impared parents to “see” their unborn baby

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Ricardo Sanches - published on 10/21/22

A couple who are expecting a baby were given a beautiful gift by their medical team.

One of the most amazing sensations of pregnancy is when parents can see their unborn baby inside his or her mother’s womb. As the technology employed in ultrasound scans improves, it makes the experience better and better. But what about parents who cannot see? How can they experience this moment?

In Colombia, a doctor has solved this problem for Jaime and Melisa, a visually impared couple who are expecting a baby, giving them the same joy and emotion as any other parents. After the mother underwent an ultrasound, the team printed the image of the baby’s face on a 3D printer and gave the high relief print as a gift to the parents.

Written in Braille on the image, in addition to the child’s name, the parents can read information such as the child’s gestational age, weight, height, etc.

“We hope that our gift, a 3D print of their baby’s face, can help them to be united in heart until they can touch him at birth,” posted the doctor on Twitter.

In an interview with a Colombian TV channel, the mother said, “When they gave it to me, I could barely speak. I cried. I was full of emotion because I really didn’t expect it, so detailed, so real.”

The same emotion was shared by the father, who tried to explain the depth of that moment: “It’s a spectacular feeling for me to be able to touch for the first time, or feel my son’s face with my touch.”

The video is in Spanish but the expressions of happiness and tenderness on the parents’ faces as they explore and caress the image with their fingers need no words:

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