3D printer key to pi­o­neer kid­ney trans­plant for Dex­ter, 2

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A LAND­MARK re­port on build­ing safety in the wake of the Gren­fell Tower fire has been branded a “be­trayal and a white­wash”.

The review was blasted for fail­ing to call for a ban on com­bustible cladding.

Re­leas­ing her find­ings, Dame Ju­dith Hackitt said yes­ter­day: “I’m not an ex­pert on Gren­fell.”

The Hackitt re­port has rec­om­mended a “fun­da­men­tal change” to the way tower block con­struc­tion is reg­u­lated.

It also calls for un­lim­ited fines and jail sen­tences for those who put res­i­dents in dan­ger by break­ing rules.

Re­spond­ing to the re­port, Hous­ing Sec­re­tary James Bro­ken­shire com­mit­ted to a con­sul­ta­tion on ban­ning flammable cladding on high-rises.

But Shadow Hous­ing Sec­re­tary John Healey said: “Don’t con­sult on it – ban it.”

The flammable cladding on Gren­fell Tower is be­lieved to have been a ma­jor rea­son why the flames spread so quickly.

The fire at the block of flats in Kens­ing­ton, West Lon­don, last June killed 71 peo­ple.

Labour’s David Lammy said: “This review is a be­trayal and a white­wash. h. It is un­think­able un­thinkku­nac­cept­able and un­ac­cept­able that so many any peo­ple can die in n a dis­as­ter like Gren­fell ell and, one year on, flammable cladding has as not been

OUT­RAGED Mr Lammy banned... The pub­lic needed a review that was fear­less in stand­ing up to the in­dus­try on be­half of all those who lost their lives in Gren­fell, with recommendations that en­sure an atroc­ity like Gren­fell can never hap­pen again.” The Hackitt re­port, which was com­mis­sioned by the Gov­ern­ment, has also failed to rec­om­mend the ba ban­ning of desk­top stud­ies which ap­prove mater ma i als with­out setti set­ting fire to them. Dame Ju­dith said the Gren­fell cladding claddin would not have got through her prop - SUR­GEONS have used 3D print­ing for the first time to carry out a life- saving kid­ney trans­plant on a tod­dler.

The tech­nol­ogy helped Dex­ter Clark, two, re­ceive a kid­ney from his dad Bren­dan – and his fam­ily said it has changed his life af­ter hav­ing only been able to use a feed­ing tube.

Mum Emily said: “He is a changed boy, eat­ing solid food for the very first time. We knew the op­er­a­tion would be com­pli­cated but knowing the sur­geons had planned it with 3D osed sys­tem. She added: “I’ve tried to fix the sys­tem re­gard­less of [the] prob­lem.” She told MPs last night: “Ban­ning things is no guar­an­tee peo­ple [won’t] use them.”

The Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects said the re­port was a “missed op­por­tu­nity” to make build­ings safer.

Its pres­i­dent Ben Der­byshire said: “We are ex­tremely con­cerned it has failed to act on the ur­gent need to im­me­di­ately pro­tect [peo­ple’s lives] through a more de­tailed pro­gramme of... im­proved reg­u­la­tions.” SLAMMED Dame Ju­dith Tell us what you think: mir­ror.co.uk mod­els that matched the ex­act anatomy of my hus­band’s kid­ney and son’s ab­domen was ex­tremely re­as­sur­ing.”

Be­fore he was born, doc­tors dis­cov­ered Dex­ter, of Read­ing, Berk­shire, would need a kid­ney trans­plant. Scans and X- rays are nor­mally used to plan the op­er­a­tions but the process has lim­i­ta­tions so doc­tors used a 3D printer to make a model of Bren­dan’s kid­ney.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foun­da­tion Trust in Lon­don is the first in the world to use CON­DEMNS THE HACKITT RE­PORT DIS­AS­TER Flats go up in flames such mod­els to pre-plan the suc­cess­ful trans­plan­ta­tion of an adult kid­ney into a small child with anatom­i­cal com­plex­i­ties.

Trans­plant sur­geon Pankaj Chadak said or­di­nar­ily doc­tors would place pa­tients un­der anaes­the­sia be­fore pos­si­bly do­ing an “in­va­sive sur­gi­cal ex­plo­ration to de­ter­mine fea­si­bil­ity”.

He said: “The ma­te­ri­als al­lowed us to bet­ter mimic the flex­i­bil­ity of or­gans... the 3D model even showed the in­tri­ca­cies of the blood ves­sels clearly vis­i­ble within it.”

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