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Health Watch: How New Splint Could Help Many Breathe Easier

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A groundbreaking procedure saved the life of a little boy.

And it could change the way doctors treat a potentially deadly breathing condition.

Kaiba Gionfriddo suffered a collapse of the windpipe.

His case was so severe, doctor Glenn Green and His team at the University of Michigan designed a tiny plastic splint to insert around Kaiba's bronchus to expand the airway.

The splint works as a scaffold, training the bronchus to grow correctly.

In about three years, it will dissolve on its own.

Dr. Green says, "We have a new treatment option so children on ventilators do not need to be on ventilators any more."

Doctors had to get emergency clearance from the FDA to do this procedure on Kaiba.

In the year since his surgery, he's been breathing without trouble.