Stem Cells used to grow Windpipe for transplant


Exciting news.

It is hoped that using the boy’s own tissue in the nine-hour operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital will cut the risk of rejection.

The world’s first tissue-engineered windpipe transplant was done in Spain in 2008 but with a shorter graft.

Doctors say the boy is doing well and breathing normally.

He has a rare condition called Long Segment Congenital Tracheal Stenosis, in which patients are born with an extremely narrow airway.

“ It is the first time a child has received stem cell organ treatment, and it’s the longest airway that has ever been replaced ”

Professor Martin Birchall, University College London

via BBC News – Windpipe transplant success in UK child.

Hopefully, the organ is not rejected and this child can live a healthy life. Stem cell research is becoming more and more viable as long as research is funded without a push for restrictions. With people living longer, making this type of organ replacement a common reality will be of immense importance.