British Boy Becomes First in the World to Have Stem Cell Transplant

Stem Cell Operation

If President Bush’s outdated theology hadn’t prevented government research with embryonic stem cells, I wonder how much further along we’d be. Pretty incredible story. Rebecca Smith writes in the Telegraph:

A ten-year-old British boy has become the first child in the world to undergo a revolutionary windpipe transplant, it has been announced.

The landmark operation involved injecting the scaffold of a windpipe, taken from a dead donor, with stem cells from the boy before implanting it in his throat.

The stem cells were removed from the boy’s bone marrow and were ready for use just four hours later.

The cells trigger regrowth to create a normal windpipe without any of the risks of normal transplantation such as the organ being rejected by the body.

The operation took place at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London, on Monday and the boy is breathing by himself and able to speak normally.

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  • Modern Primate

    This has nothing to do with the embryonic stem cell research that the “outdated theology” was opposing.

  • Russ

    Nice article despite the idiotic start blaming, as usual, Bush for something.
    He was against using fetal cells (aborted babies) for stem cells.
    Plus it only stopped Federal spending.
    Private sectors could fund as much as they wanted.

  • Hadrian999

    the most disturbing about this article is the origin,
    I keep hearing about a radical new life saving technique or
    a new medical technology, it is always from somewhere else,
    yet everyday I hear the US has the best medical system in the world…..
    but it seems to be getting beaten regularly by those evil communist baby killing socialized medical systems,
    something is a bit off

  • me

    Not only did Bush limit funding to only private. He also limited what are called stem cell lines. What that means is that in america you can only use baby stem cells (sounds cuter) that have already been “discovered”. Which is really limiting and pointless.

  • me

    Not only did Bush limit funding to only private. He also limited what are called stem cell lines. What that means is that in america you can only use baby stem cells (sounds cuter) that have already been “discovered”. Which is really limiting and pointless.

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    Despite the fact that the stem cell therapy has given a ray of hope to many, the fact that it involves left over embryos from IVF treatment has also made it a highly debatable topic. Though the stem cells from umbilical cord blood or from the patients own body does not figure in this topic, embryonic stem cells are the most researched one, irking a major population around the world. These people think that stem cell research is disrespect to life where the embryos are being unnecessarily and inhumanly being exploited in the name of research. At the same time another class of people believes that stem cell research can elevate suffering of millions of people and decrease the mortality due to deficiency of donor organ, thus saving lives. Due to this debate, stem cell research is banned in various countries. Stem cells are unspecialized cells (they do not have any particular function) that cannot renew themselves or multiply especially after long periods of inactivity. However, under controlled conditions they can be stimulated to develop into specialized cells as in the case of bone marrow transplant. They also have the extraordinary potential to serve as a form of internal repair system and help to keep the organs in a healthy state. Upon division, the stem cells can take the form of a muscle cell, brain cell or kidney cell.
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    Despite the fact that the stem cell therapy has given a ray of hope to many, the fact that it involves left over embryos from IVF treatment has also made it a highly debatable topic. Though the stem cells from umbilical cord blood or from the patients own body does not figure in this topic, embryonic stem cells are the most researched one, irking a major population around the world. These people think that stem cell research is disrespect to life where the embryos are being unnecessarily and inhumanly being exploited in the name of research. At the same time another class of people believes that stem cell research can elevate suffering of millions of people and decrease the mortality due to deficiency of donor organ, thus saving lives. Due to this debate, stem cell research is banned in various countries. Stem cells are unspecialized cells (they do not have any particular function) that cannot renew themselves or multiply especially after long periods of inactivity. However, under controlled conditions they can be stimulated to develop into specialized cells as in the case of bone marrow transplant. They also have the extraordinary potential to serve as a form of internal repair system and help to keep the organs in a healthy state. Upon division, the stem cells can take the form of a muscle cell, brain cell or kidney cell.
    There are three forms of stem cells available which are called as umbilical cord blood cells, human embryonic stem cells and fully grown stem cells. The embryonic stem cells are commonly derived from the left over embryos after an IVF (in vitro fertilization). These are multipotent cells that can specialize to perform various functions.

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