In the United States, over 1,500 babies yearly suffer from a birth defect called Myelomeningocele, or MMC, which exposes the spinal cord to amniotic fluid. Three MSOE BioMolecular Engineering students teamed up with Amy Wager of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to tackle this problem. The team developed a solution that can be delivered to babies via a minimally invasive surgery. Similar to an epoxy, the solution is created by mixing two biomaterials at the end of the needle. It is then placed directly over the baby’s spine and hardens to protect it. As with any medical procedure, it needs extensive testing before it can be used in the real world. These MSOE students could potentially save thousands of young lives a year.
Watch Nik Stasinopoulos and Ayushman Rai explain the procedure here: