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Doc Talk - Borgess 3-D heart model technology

Doc Talk - Borgess 3-D heart model technology.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - From a major medical scare to hospitalization and back to normal, local woman is thanking 3-D technology for a successful heart procedure.

Doctors at Borgess call the new approach "groundbreaking" and Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay explains why with this edition of Doc Talk.

A heath scare revealed a hole in Mildred Boreman’s heart that had gone undetected for years. So, in March, she had a procedure to close it, but what's unique is that her doctors corrected the problem with the help of a 3-D heart model, marking a first for Borgess.

Boerman said, “When my heart started racing, I'm thinking, ‘You know strokes run in my family with women starting at the age of 40.’”

At 42-years-old Boerman wasn't having a stroke. Instead doctors discovered a different problem.

She said, “He told me that it was a really large hole.”

That hole was located between the top two chambers of the heart and there was no question it needed to be fixed.

Dr. Vishal Gupta, Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Borgess Hospital, said, “We go in and we literally slip this device through the heart, through the hole and patch it.”

To patch it precisely, Gupta got some help from the engineering department at Western Michigan University to make a 3-D model of Boerman's heart.

Gupta said, “This is ground breaking and quite revolutionary because we have such complex procedures-- where making a 3-D model can help us not only preplan the procedure but even practice an operation before it is done.”

This 3d heart is the first and only to be used at Borgess to date, but dr. Gupta says it won't be the last.

Gupta said, “This gave me that confidence and it gave me the surety that the device is going to be placed accurately where we want it to be placed.”

Boerman went home the day after the procedure and she's back on the job, doing work that certainly isn't for the faint of heart.

She said, “We lift anywhere from 50 to 60 boxes, pound boxes all the time.”

She is also back to her hobbies and, more importantly, back to feeling like herself.

Boerman said, “They say everything sounds just fine. he says the heart and the lungs are reconditioning just great and everyone says, you are kind of a miracle. Well, I don’t see it that way. I see myself as a normal person.”

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