Teacher, Model, Artist Survives Deadly Fall, Skull Rebuilt with Metal 3D Printing
“Francesca Burr is still in recovery from a serious fall that happened almost a year ago. The young primary school teacher, artist, and model—now 28 years old—fell down a flight of stairs at her family home while having a seizure and suffered multiple skull fractures, a cracked jaw, and a broken nose.
“It looked like something out of CSI,” Burr said. “My mum and step-dad came home from a meal on Friday night to find they couldn’t open the front door because I was blocking it.
“All they could hear was the dog barking and then they saw all that blood. I was flown to hospital and they told my parents to prepare for the worst. It seemed unlikely that I would be surviving it.”
The seizures are thought to be a symptom of multiple conditions Burr has due to Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS). Unstable joints and problems with balance are common symptoms, but the seizures were a relatively new development.
Burr was taken from her parents’ home by helicopter, and transported to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge. The initial prognosis was not good as she was placed into a coma due to bleeding in her brain. Afterward, doctors scraped shattered bone from her brain in a seven-hour procedure.
Francesca Burr with her mother in hospital after the accident
Burr has suffered from partial amnesia, unable to remember her new beau, life events such as the divorce of her parents, or even her own middle name. Ten months later, she is still in recovery. Surgeons have used 3D printing to rebuild her skull, which Burr says was like a transformation ‘from Frankenstein to Robogirl.’…”
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