Using ribbons, buttons, LEGOs and 3D printing, Gomez-Marquez is trying to make it easier and cheaper for doctors and nurses to create and fix medical devices. And the project has changed at least one person's life. Gomez-Marquez tells Dickinson the story of a man who used a DIY nebulizer—a little device that turns drugs into mist to be delivered into the lungs—and then used it on his infant daughter when she had pneumonia.
Here, you can see Gomez-Marquez's talk at Stanford Medicine X this year:
It's probably not time to make your pacemaker out of LEGOs just yet, but that time might not be too far away either.
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