Stem cell surgery a success, say UK doctors
16 August 2010

By Marianne Neary

Appeared in BioNews 571

An 11-year-old boy has returned home after becoming the first child to undergo a pioneering surgery which used his own stem cells to rebuild his windpipe. The operation, which took place in March this year at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, has been hailed as 'a success'.
Ciaran Finn-Lynch was born with Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis: a condition which results in a narrow windpipe, making breathing difficult. Doctors took stem cells from his bone marrow and injected them into a donor windpipe, before transplanting it to replace Ciaran's own windpipe. By using stem cells from his own body, doctors predicted that the donor windpipe was less likely to be rejected by his own body. Four weeks ago, the operation was deemed successful after it was shown that blood sup