Groundbreaking Windpipe Transplant

windpipe transplant

Windpipe transplant

A Belgian woman, Linda De Croock, has undergone a groundbreaking windpipe transplant after her own throat was crushed in a car accident 25 years ago.  Ms De Croock, 54, has been able to come off drugs to stop her body rejecting the donor windpipe, in a major advance that could offer hope for similar operations.  The windpipe was taken from a dead man and implanted into her forearm where her own tissue grew around the cartilage scaffold.

 

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