For over 100 years, Seattle Children’s Hospital has been specializing in the unique needs of infants and children. With physicians focused on compassionate care and breakthrough research within 60 pediatric subspecialties, Children’s is not only the top-ranked pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest, but it is also consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation.
An example of how Children’s is improving outcomes though innovation, is their use of 3D printing to map out complex surgeries and practice intricate surgical techniques before ever entering the operating room. And this custom care approach helps to provide safe and improved treatments for patients with rare conditions.
One such case was an infant brought to Seattle Children’s, who at only a few days old, was showing signs of labored breathing. A CT scan found that she had right bronchial stenosis, a rare etiology of respiratory distress in a neonate. The narrowing of her right bronchial tube was so severe she couldn’t breathe effectively, and her bronchus was only the size of a hair. She was put under the care of Kaalan Johnson, MD, the director of Seattle Children’s Aerodigestive Program, who specializes in treating children who have complex upper airway breathing and swallowing problems.