July 8, 2011 4:13:05 pm
Surgeons claim to have carried out the world’s first transplant of a fully synthetic organ,a windpipe created using a cancer patient’s stem cells and an artificial scaffold.
The 36-year-old cancer patient received the organ a month ago at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm,’The Daily Telegraph’ reported.
The process involved scientists at University College London,who were given three-dimensional scans of the windpipe of Andemariam Teklesenbet Beyene,a geology student from Eritrea with an inoperable,cancerous tumour that was obstructing his breathing.
They created a glass mould of the windpipe and his two main bronchial tubes,which was then coated in a polymer containing millions of tiny holes.
It was flown to Sweden where it was “seeded” with stem cells from Beyene’s bone marrow and placed in a bioreactor for two days to allow the cells to take root. Further cells were taken from his nose to line the windpipe.
Prof Paolo Macchiarini,a Spanish surgeon,carried out the 12-hour transplant operation. He praised the construction technique,which meant that “custom-made” windpipes could be produced within a week.
This technique does not rely on a human donation, he was quoted as saying.
Beyene was said to be doing well.
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