Couple turns tragedy into mission to develop 3D-printed orthotics for children


For parents, there is no greater tragedy than losing a child. Naveed and Samiya Parvez lost their son, Andiamo, on his ninth birthday to complications from cerebral palsy. During his short life as a quadriplegic, Andiamo required extensive medical treatments to help with his posture, including the design and fitting of a custom back brace and hip abductor. The trial-and-error process, which has barely evolved over the decades, can be traumatic for a child. The Parvezs are now on a mission through their company Andiamo (London, UK) to bring this technology into the 21st century and spare other families from this ordeal through the use of 3D printing. They have launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise money to cover the clinical and production costs for creating working orthotic devices. Ultimately, the Parvezs expect to be able to reduce wait times for back braces, hand splints, and ankle-foot orthotic devices from six months to days.
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