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Ciaran Finn-Lynch’s Stem Cell Windpipe Is Science At Its Best

CIARAN Finn-Lynch has had his windpipe rebuilt using his own stem cells. This is our uplifting story of the day. Science is not all guesswork on global warming. Science matters.

The North Irish boy was taken to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for the operation. Stem cells were removed from his hip and injected them into a donor windpipe (removed from a body in Italy), a collagen tube with no cells attached.

The organ was implanted and the magic of stem cells rebuilt the windpipe. The boy can breathe again:

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Embargoed to 0001 Friday August 6 Ciaran Finn-Lynch, aged 11, who is the recipient of the world's first child stem cell supported tracheal transplant, with his parents, Colleen and Paul (surnames not given) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

Posted: 6th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1)