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World’s first successful whole organ transplant

20th November 2008

The world’s first tissue-engineered whole organ transplant has been declared a success.

The appendage was made by growing the patient’s own stem cells to reconstruct her windpipe.

Spanish surgeons gave Claudia Castillo a donor trachea from a recently deceased patient, which bolstered in the throat’s cell regeneration.

Ms Castillo, a 30 year old mother of two, suffered from tuberculosis and was left with only one collapsed lung.

It took a month before the trachea developed its own blood supply, with the operation also being the first tissue transplant that did not use anti-rejection drugs.

“This will represent a huge step change in surgery,” said Professor Martin Birchall at the University of Bristol, who helped grow the cells for the transplant.

He added: “Surgeons can now start to see and understand the potential for adult stem cells and tissue engineering to radically improve their ability to treat patients with serious diseases.”

Professor Paolo Macchiarini of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain, added the team is “terribly excited” by the operation’s results.

Since surgery, Ms Castillo is reportedly healthy, with minimal chance of rejection of the organ.

The medical team of scientists believes the tissue transplants can be successfully used in the future.

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