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Taking rehabilitation to the next level

3D Rehabilitation

Geraldo the Pioneer

Geraldo is a cheeky, energetic 6 year old boy from Lomé, Togo. On the 7th of June 2018, Geraldo arrives at the rehabilitation centre in central Lomé with his Mum and younger brother. He currently walks unaided but a keen observer will note that his right foot drags and turns out a little, which makes it tricky for him to play football.
With age, this instability will cause Geraldo significant mobility problems and pain.

Gerado is excited to try out his new splint – he knows that it’s a bit special!

© Xaume Olleros / HI

Geraldo’s splint was made in a small workshop not far from the rehabilitation centre. The robotic arms of two cutting-edge 3D printers added layer upon layer of plastic to create Geraldo’s precisely measured device.

Worn only at night, the splint will gradually ease his supple bones into a better position.

« All Geraldo needs to do is to stay still during the scan ! »

Two weeks earlier, a hand-held scanner was used to create a digital 3D image of Geraldo’s leg. This data allows HI to create a made-to-measure and adaptable splint to suit Geraldo’s rehabilitation needs.

© Xaume Olleros / HI

The moment of truth has arrived…bingo!

The splint perfectly matches the contours of Geraldo’s lower leg and ankle. Thanks to the 3D scan, HI has been able to produce his personalised splint remotely.

« I’ll soon be ready to play football! »

3D technologies offer an innovative option and hope for the 40 million people globally who currently require a rehabilitation device; many of whom live in isolated areas or conflict zones.
The 3D scanning system is lightweight, portable and simple to use, making it possible to take measurements in challenging conditions. Splints, braces and prostheses can be produced remotely via 3D printing and delivered to those most in need.

Like Geraldo, dozens of children and adults in Togo, Mali and Niger are helping HI to test 3D printed rehabilitation devices.

Your support for this pioneering trial can make a difference!