Quadriplegic reveals how 3D printing has changed his life

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Fit and healthy surfer, 27, left a quadriplegic after an innocuous swimming pool accident reveals how 3D printing has changed his life Steve Ralph was on holiday with friends when he dove in a pool and hit his head  The 27-year-old fractured his C4 vertebra as a result of the head injury He had a love of surfing and kayaking - and uses 3D-printing to still do them 

By Claudia Poposki For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 11:17 BST, 16 September 2019 | Updated: 11:23 BST, 16 September 2019

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A 27-year-old who was left a quadriplegic after fracturing his spine diving into a pool has remarkably been able to return to some of his favourite hobbies - all thanks to 3D-printing.

Steve Ralph was on holiday with his friends in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, when he dove into the deep end of the pool and hit his head, fracturing his C4 vertebra. 

Though the hit seemed innocuous and he wasn't knocked unconscious, he was unable to feel his legs and immediately knew something was seriously wrong. 

Steve Ralph was on holiday with his friends in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, when he dove into the deep end of the pool and hit his head on a shelf and fractured his C4 vertebra

Steve Ralph was on holiday with his friends in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, when he dove into the deep end of the pool and hit his head on a shelf and fractured his C4 vertebra

'You always expect something that would cause an injury like this to be pretty dramatic but it can happen doing anything I guess. It doesn't have to be crazy,' he told news.com.au.

Mr Ralph was in hospital for 10 months after

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