“This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of BIOLIFE4D. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own”
Sometimes we forget just how much of a difference new and advancing technology is making;
When it comes to changing lives for the better, there are some incredible to procedures and creations available to those in need. These are things that I had no idea existed until they were mentioned to me or were highlighted in the news.
Conditions that were once life-ending, are able to be fixed through the use of new technology; and it’s looking like 2018 is going to be another incredible year for this to have a serious impact.
How New Technology is Helping Save Lives
Before I get more into how this research was presented to me, and the BioLife campaign; let’s take a look at some ground-breaking technology breakthroughs that have helped change, and even save, people’s lives who are suffering with disabilities and illnesses.
Here are just 3 ways new technology is helping change people’s lives:
1. Mechanical Prosthetic Limbs
Back in the day prosthetic limbs were just stumps. Today, advanced technology has allowed mechanical prosthetics to sense the nerve endings where people’s amputated arms end, and enable them to move the fingers on the prosthetic. Just like a real hand!
Want to see what I’m talking about? Check out this incredible Bionic hand creation by Ottobock, and tell me it’s not amazing!
2. Body Part Regeneration
Las year, researchers announced the development of a new technology called tissue nanotransfection. TNT technology, embedded in a tiny chip, that can essentially reprogram skin cells to repair organs and blood vessels.
Which essentially means we are one step closer to having the ability to re-generate ourselves whenever our body is in need of doing so. We’re not there yet, but this breakthrough is leading us in the right direction.
3. Viable 3D Printed Hearts
This is where BioLife4D comes into the picture. Heart transplants are rarer than the common kidney transplant or otherwise, and finding a donor, particular for younger children, can be incredibly tough.
The research being done currently will hopefully allow 3D printing technology to play a vital role in building viable hearts for patients in desperate need of a transplant. I’m talking about patients similar to Jack, the boy you’ll learn more about below.
This technology would help eliminate issues like waiting for donor organs, organ rejection, and would give more families time with their loved ones and a greater chance at surviving and thriving with a heart condition.
Jack Radandt’s Story: Heart Transplant At the Age of 11
Then I was introduced to Jack Radandt’s story. Jack was born with a rare condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The condition is a congenital heart defect affecting normal blood flow through the heart.
At the young age of 10, Jack was already undergoing surgeries to re-construct his heart. Which proved successful, but only for a short while; as a year later Jack’s family were told that he would need a complete heart transplant.
Young, and very unfortunate people, like Jack, are able to still be here today because of live changing technologies and procedures like heart transplant surgery. The work that companies like BioLife4D are doing to utlize 3D printing for viable heart development is simply amazing.
As part of the “Act of Hearts” campaign, I’ve been challenged to send a card to a child just like Jack, who has also been very unfortunate in life and has had to go through similar circumstances.
Check out the picture of myself completing the challenge below:
I encourage anyone reading this article to also take part in the campaign; by sending your own card to somebody in need of support and encouragement. You can learn more about doing this by following the links in the summary of this article.
You can watch the short video below to learn more about this technology.
BIOLIFE4D: The Technology to Save Lives
All around the world, companies are developing new and outstanding technologies, which are helping people suffering with life threatening illnesses, disabilities, conditions and more. They are not just helping, they are transforming those individual’s lives.
This article was of course sponsored by BioLife4D and their “Act of Hearts” campaign. It’s been an absolute honor for myself to get involved in this campaign and support the research that’s changing the lives of children like Jack.
If you want to learn more about BioLife’s research, you can find more about them below:
If you think the research being done here is truly life changing, and achievable, then you’re welcomed to jump aboard and invest in the company and their research. Biolife4D is planning an equity crowdfunding campaign in Feb where the general public can buy shares of stock and participate in this journey to save lives!