2008 - First successful whole organ transplant from a stem-cell
Claudia Castillo wakes up from a life saving tracheal transplant operation that used a stem-cell created organ. A severe tuberculosis infection left Ms Castillo with an urgent need for a new windpipe, and the decision was taken to use the framework of a donor trachea and to grow the needed cells from Ms Castillo’s own bone marrow. This meant they didn’t have to wait for a perfect match for the transplant, and there was no fear of the body rejecting the windpipe as it was her own cells. This was the second organ produced outside the body using stem cells or cells from the patients own body.
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