Skip to comments.Stunning Recovery for First Child to Get Stem Cell Trachea
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.
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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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.
adult stem cells can do amazing things but the pointless, useless embryonic stem cell research gets all the funding
And no human beings were destroyed for this treatment.
You made me laugh.
“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.
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.)
Couldn’t agree with you more. Big Pharma though seems to have more at stake in embryonic stem cells.
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.
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.