3D Printing Helped Surgeons Reshape Toddler's Face

Violet Pietrok is seeing happier days now that surgeons have reshaped her face.

The 2-year old was born with a rare deformity called Tessier, a facial cleft left her eyes far apart on her face. Violet had no cartilage on her nose, and a large growth over her left eye.

Six months ago surgeons made Violet's new smile possible with the help of 3D Printing. According to the New York Times, the Pietroks traveled from Oregon to Boston for the dangerous procedure.

Seven surgeons and a team of anesthesiologists, nurses and caregivers worked together to make Violet's nine-hour surgery a success.

"She's so happy ... all the time," Violet's mom told ABC News.

"We were actually able to do the procedure before going into the operating room," said Dr. John Meara, a reconstructive surgeon who operated on Violet, per CBC.  "So we made the cuts in the model, made the bony movements that we would be making in Violet's case and we identified some issues that we modified prior to going into the operating room, which saves time and means that you're not making some of these critical decisions in the operating room."

You can follow the rest of Violet's Journey on her Facebook community page here.

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