- Kaiba Gionfriddo stopped breathing daily and had to receive CPR
- Doctors tried the equivalent of a “Hail Mary” pass
- They created a splint on a 3-D printer to enable him to breathe
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(CNN) — When he was 6 weeks old, Kaiba Gionfriddo lay flat on a restaurant table, his skin turning blue. He had stopped breathing.
His father, Bryan, was furiously pumping his chest, trying to get air into his son’s lungs.
Within 30 minutes, Kaiba was admitted to a local hospital. Doctors concluded that he had probably breathed food or liquid into his lungs and eventually released him.
But two days later, it…
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