Stemcell therapy seems to prove a boon for the medical industry soon as the first patient, the 11-year-old Irish boy who was fixed with a windpipe built from his own stemcells two years ago is showing a remarkable recovery.
Ciaran Finn-Lynch is a resident of Co Down. He was born with just a one millimeters wide trachea. Medical experts made him survive with the help of several metal devices, or stents, which helped keep his airway open to ease his breathing process.
The efforts didn’t work out much because the fixed devices repeatedly cut the major blood vessel and caused him massive bleeding, which could have even killed him. But soon, he underwent the transplant surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and was fixed with a windpipe built from his own stem cells and is seen recovering fantastically now.
With Ciaran’s recovery, researchers are now more confident to use the similar approach in building hearts and lungs too for the affected patients.
Italian Doctor Paolo de Coppi, one of 20 doctors who performed operation over Ciaran, said, “We hope to develop our research into building more complex organs and tissues, such as the heart and lungs, with the patient’s own cells”.
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