Child's doctors use 3-D heart copy to aid surgery
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Doctors operating on a 14-month-old child with heart defects studied a 3-D replica of the child's heart to aid the successful surgery.
Roland Lian Cung Bawi's heart was riddled with defects before the surgery at Kosair Children's Hospital.
Roland's surgeon Dr. Erle Austin told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/MjHPlC) he expected the surgery to be tricky and wanted a model that offered more detail than two-dimensional scans.
So his team contacted the University of Louisville engineering school, which used a 3-D printer to create a polymer model of Roland's heart.
"Once I had a model, I knew exactly what I needed to do and how I could do it," said Austin, who was able to reduce exploratory incisions, cut operating time and ensure that Roland wouldn't need follow-up operations. "It was a tremendous benefit."
Hospital officials said the Feb. 10 surgery was the first time 3-D printing was used for a pediatric heart patient in Kentucky.
Interment set for MIA special forces soldier
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 50 years after their father left home, the children of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods are preparing to say their final goodbyes.
Woods will be interred next month at Arlington National Cemetery. His name will be added to a headstone and his remains placed with the partial remains of six others who died when their plane went down in Cambodia in 1964 near the border of Vietnam.
The military found and recovered Woods' remains last year near the site of the crash.
Woods was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell.
Woods' children told The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/N6GzDe) they and other relatives plan to attend the ceremony on March 21.
Lawrence Woods left his home in Clarksville, Tenn., in 1963 to deploy to Vietnam.
Galapagos tortoise on way to new Ky. exhibit
NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A 600-pound, 84-year-old Galapagos tortoise is making his way to northern Kentucky to star in a new exhibit opening next month.
The tortoise known as Bravo will be the featured animal of Turtle Canyon, an aquarium exhibit set to open March 22.
Bravo will be driven by van from a zoo in South Carolina in the next few weeks, The Enquirer (http://bit.ly/1nWPjYj) reported.
The tortoise was hatched in 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz, and arrived in the U.S. as part of the last group of tortoises exported from the Galapagos Islands.
The aquarium's new exhibit will feature a collection of more than 14 turtle species spanning three continents.
Also on display at Turtle Canyon will be a 6-month-old, 1.9-pound endangered loggerhead. The female loggerhead hatched in August at Emerald Isle, N.C., and has been fostered by the Newport Aquarium husbandry staff since late October.