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How Does 3D Technology Help with Heart Surgery?

How Does 3D Technology Help with Heart Surgery?


Houston mom Anne Garcia gave birth to a baby girl last June. For the first six weeks, her daughter seemed to be a happy and healthy baby. But then her daughter started to have difficulty breathing, and went limp in her father’s arms. That’s when Garcia rushed her baby to the ER, and learned her daughter had a critical congenital heart defect — or CCHD.

The experience is what led Garcia to create OpHeart. It’s a non-profit focused on giving doctors access to 3D printed models of patients’ hearts as a pre-operative tool.

Garcia tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about where her mission’s journey began.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →