Baby Teegan Lexcen was born with half a heart and only one lung. Her parents said it was a condition her Minnesota doctors had never seen before, so they told them there was no hope for their newborn.
So Teegan was sent home and put in hospice, but when the baby was still alive two months later, her parents wanted another opinion. They got connected with one of the best heart surgeons out there, Dr. Redmond Burke in Florida. Burke agreed to help, but he needed to get a 3-D image of the baby's heart to do a proper surgery. In a scary moment, his 3-D printer was broken.
But it was a blessing in disguise because it allowed him to unearth the thing that would later save Teegan's life—a cardboard box. Yes, really! Of course, it wasn't a run-of-the-mill cardboard box, but instead Google Cardboard, which allowed the doctors to use an app to download 3-D images of the heart. Amazingly, the virtual image matched Teegan's heart perfectly, from all angles.
“Sometimes that’s what makes the difference between life and death,” Burke said.
Thankfully, in this case, it was life. Using the images from the $20 box, Burke was able to invent a new surgery to save Teegan's life.
“It was mind-blowing,” said her mother, Cassidy. “To see this little cardboard box and a phone, and to think this is what saved our daughter’s life.”
Watch the amazing video telling of their story below.
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