Meet the first surgeon on Earth to successfully perform surgery to cure deafness. He is also a pastor.
In 2019, Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane successfully completed the world’s first ever middle ear transplant, using 3D-printed middle ear bones. The groundbreaking surgery has allowed a 35-year-old man to hear again after his ear was completely damaged in a car accident.
Mashudu Tshifularo is a South African educator and medical specialist. He led the first team in the world to use 3D-printed bones for reconstructive middle ear implants in 2019 at the University of Pretoria and Steve Biko Academic Hospital. As a lay pastor, he has also published several books.
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