Taylor Ellis who was diagnosed with glaucoma recently visited the hospital for her 20-week scan and couldn’t see her baby due to her health condition. This ‘blind’ mom felt so bad about this that she was left in tears.
When the doctors realized she wasn’t happy about what happened they decided to conduct an ultrasound and make a 3D print of her unborn baby’s face.
The 26-year-old mom and her husband who also has visual impairment got the special scan a week later. As a result of this 3D-printed ultrasound, they could feel their unborn baby’s face and this was a dream come true.
Baby Rosalie who is now ten-weeks-old is doing well. Her mum, Taylor said that the 3D technology has been life-changing. It has helped her to feel her unborn baby’s face.
The 3D technology is now being used at the Johns Hopkins Hospital to create the models of unborn babies having spina bifida. This technology allows surgeons to have a clear view of the babies’ spines to decide if an in-womb surgery is needed.
This technology was later discovered to be helpful to blind parents when an ultrasound sonographer at Johns Hopkins realized the versatility of the technology. This hospital is known to be the first hospital to provide such service.
I always thought about what my baby would look like and was always saddened to know I wouldn’t have the same opportunity as seeing mothers. My sight wasn’t as bad with my first two children, so I could see the 2D ultrasound.Taylor
The blind mom recalled that she had one of the most exciting moments when she was given the 3D ultrasound. It was heart-warming and she realized that she could feel her baby’s face. She said that she showed her parents and daughters the scan on video chat.