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Stunning Recovery for First Child to Get Stem Cell Trachea
Yahoo ^ | 7/26/2012 | LARA SALAHI

Posted on 07/26/2012 1:41:45 PM PDT by Former Fetus

The first child in history to receive a trachea fashioned by his own stem cells has shown remarkable progress since the initial transplant two years ago, marking a new record for the novel procedure.

Ciaran Finn-Lynch, the now 13-year-old boy from the UK who the world's first child to receive the stem cell trachea transplant, is breathing normally and no longer needs anti-rejection medication, researchers reported in a paper published Wednesday in the journal Lancet.

The organ itself is strong, has not shown signs of rejection, and has even grown 11 centimeters since it had been transplanted, according to the researchers.

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Using a patient's own stem cells not only could help to rebuild the fragile tissue, but also potentially could bypass the risk of having the organ rejected. A trachea is considered a difficult tissue to grow and transplant since it has a limited blood supply, according to Dr. Bill Putnam, professor and chair of the department of thoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in the research.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: adultstemcells
Awesome! I know it won't "make the news" because the child's own stem cells were used. That means they were adult stem cells, not embryonic. What a pity! It should be shouted from every rooftop in America: adult stem cells SAVE lives!


1 posted on 07/26/2012 1:41:56 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

unfortunately it looks as though the procedure aged him quite a bit... but the lad on the left seems to be able to raise his spirits.

teeman


2 posted on 07/26/2012 1:50:10 PM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Former Fetus

adult stem cells can do amazing things but the pointless, useless embryonic stem cell research gets all the funding


3 posted on 07/26/2012 1:59:16 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Former Fetus

Awesome news!

And no human beings were destroyed for this treatment.


4 posted on 07/26/2012 2:10:14 PM PDT by MrNJ
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To: teeman8r

You made me laugh.


5 posted on 07/26/2012 2:12:29 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Former Fetus

“The organ itself is strong, has not shown signs of rejection, “

A long time ago when I went to college, the trachea was not considerd an “organ”. Organs are generally supposed to have a parenchyma (the part that has a function.


6 posted on 07/26/2012 2:47:04 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Former Fetus

It has grown 4-1/3 inches. That is pretty amazing! (I assume they will stop the growth when everything fits — by withdrawing the growth hormone.)


7 posted on 07/26/2012 3:11:12 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: rhoda_penmark
I teach anatomy and the trachea is definitely an important organ of the respiratory system. The structure of the trachea is related to its function. Without the trachea, the air that we breathe could not get to the lungs which is where the actual gas exchange takes place. Not all organs have a parenchyma, which IS often the functional tissue in an organ, such as the lung itself.
8 posted on 07/26/2012 3:29:56 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: Former Fetus

Couldn’t agree with you more. Big Pharma though seems to have more at stake in embryonic stem cells.

Mel


9 posted on 07/26/2012 3:51:38 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: TXnMA

I saw no indication of the use of human growth hormome post transplantation. Had there been, the boy would likely be closer to normal size for eleven years old. It’s not as if the transplanted trachea has an entirely separate circulatory system, so there would be systemic effects from the use of hgh.


10 posted on 07/26/2012 4:05:41 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: srmorton

Thanks for the clarification. At this point, I think I’ve forgotten more than I ever learned. ;-) Trying to remember things is becoming a hobby, lol.


11 posted on 07/27/2012 4:00:15 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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