Ultrasound sessions are always special moments for parents. Now with 3D printing technology, it is not only possible for parents to see their unborn babies but also to “touch” them.
Huggies recently released a heartwarming video commercial in conjunction with Mother’s Day featuring Tatiana Guerra — a blind mother-to-be — who was given the chance to meet her unborn son in the form of a unique 3D printout of his face.
In the video Guerra, who lost her sight as a teenager, goes for an ultrasound. Being 20 weeks pregnant, her unborn son had already developed rather distinct facial features but Guerra is unable to see his image on the monitor. The doctor gives her a heart rate reading of her son Murilo and she asks him to describe what her son’s face looks like. The doctor then gives her a brief description of what he sees and asks her how she would imagine Murilo to look like.
“Oh I imagine him, well … his nose like a little potato,” she tells the doctor. “A small mouth … like that … a chubby little hand.”
The doctor then asks if Guerra would like to touch him to which she says yes. In a matter of 15 minutes, a 3D printout of Murilo’s face was printed by a group of Brazilian 3D printing experts. It was then handed to Guerra as a surprise.In a matter of 15 minutes, a 3D printout of Murilo’s face was printed by a group of Brazilian 3D printing experts.
The printout included the message “I am your son” in Braille. When Guerra “reads” the message, she starts crying and laughing. The look of joy on her face at “seeing” her son for the first time — priceless.
“I’m very happy to meet Murilo,” she says and thanks the doctor.