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Xiao Yu, eight months old, from Jiangsu Province in East China, was compared to an alien due to an irregular shape of his head. The toddler was diagnosed with a rare skull defect called craniosynostosis. This disorder causes bones of the skull to close before the development of the brain.
Craniosynostosis is a rare disorder which results in a distorted head and misshapen facial features. Around six in every 10,000 babies are diagnosed with this disease every year. Xiao Yu underwent life-changing surgery by Dr. Bao Nan and team at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center, East China.
Read on to know what happened next!
This little child was compared to an alien by Chinese media due to the strange appearance of his head.
The doctors used 3D-printing technology for creating an exact replica of the baby's skull.
This operation took 4 long hours as the doctors spent a lot of time looking at it before they operated.
Dr. Bao Nan explained, "Thanks to 3D-printing technology, we were able to make a model of the patient's skull, which in turn allowed us to make a detailed surgical plan beforehand. We also measured the faces of the patient's parents so we could design his new face with family features."
This Chinese tot has a normal shaped head now. Doctors are expecting his brain to develop and function properly.
Craniosynostosis also hampers the development of brain.
Xiao Yu was diagnosed shortly with this disorder after his birth due to strange shaped head.
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