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Stem Cells Used to Rebuild 10-year-old Boy's Windpipe in Groundbreaking Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Posted Mar 20 2010 12:00am

Doctors have carried out groundbreaking surgery to rebuild the windpipe of a 10-year-old British boy using his own stem cells.

If successful, they believe it could lead to a revolution in regenerative medicine.

The operation, lasting nearly nine hours, took place at London's Great Ormond Street children's hospital on Monday.

Stem cells taken from the boy's bone marrow were injected into the fibrous collagen 'scaffold' of a donor trachea, or windpipe.

The organ, which had first been stripped of its own cells, was then implanted into the boy.


Another wonderful example illustrating the amazing power of stem cells!

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