A breakthrough surgery has taken place at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital where a windpipe of a 10-year-old child has been reconstructed. The surgery had taken place in 2010 and the child has been performing well and has also started going to school.
Ciaran Finn-Lynch's windpipe was made using his own stem cells. This was especially done as his immune system would not reject his own stem cells. While explaining the condition of Ciaran, doctors said that Ciaran was born with long-segment tracheal stenosis, which is associated with difficulty in breathing.
Things have never been normal for Ciaran, as the day he was born, his air sacs had collapsed. He had to go through a long surgery to get his air sacs rebuilt. Doctors said that they took the windpipe of a donor, and washed all the cells of donor.
After washing all the cells, Ciaran cells were being implanted and later the surgery was being conducted. Martin Elliott, who is the Director of severe tracheal disease happening with children, was of the view, "The ideal outcomes for tracheal transplants in children are normal airway and lung function, good general growth, a decent quality of life, and no further surgical interventions".
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