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International Body Harvesting Network Uncovered In Ukraine

Transplanted body parts could save your eyesight, your smile, your ability to walk … but the question is from where they were taken. The Sydney Morning Herald peeks inside a booming new business:

“Two ribs, two Achilles heels, two elbows, two eardrums, two teeth, and so on” … On February 24, Ukrainian authorities made an alarming discovery: bones and other human tissues crammed into coolers in a grimy white minibus. Investigators grew even more intrigued when they found, amid the body parts, envelopes stuffed with cash and autopsy results written in English.

[It] was not the work of a serial killer but part of an international pipeline of ingredients for medical and dental products that are routinely implanted into people around the world … the remains of dead Ukrainians were destined for a factory in Germany belonging to the subsidiary of a US medical products company, Florida-based RTI Biologics.

RTI is one of a growing industry of companies that make profits by turning mortal remains into everything from dental implants to bladder slings to wrinkle cures.

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‘Berlin Patient’ May Be First Man Cured Of AIDS

aids-cure-firstFrom CBS via Radio Television Caraibes reports:

A 45-year-old man now living in the Bay Area may be the first person ever cured of the deadly disease AIDS, the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.

Timothy Ray Brown tested positive for HIV back in 1995, but has now entered scientific journals as the first man in world history to have that HIV virus completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a “functional cure.”

Brown was living in Berlin, Germany back in 2007, dealing with HIV and leukemia, when scientists there gave him a bone marrow stem cell transplant that had astounding results.

“I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since,” said Brown, who has been dubbed “The Berlin Patient” by the medical community.

Brown’s amazing progress continues to be monitored by doctors at San Francisco General Hospital and at the University of California at San Francisco medical center.

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First Full Face Transplant Patient Reveals Success of Operation

Although this sounds like the plot of Face/Off, the success of this operation is a medical breakthrough. The Vall D’Hebron hospital in Barcelona which conduction the surgery on “Oscar” had thirty experts working the 24-hour operation working to replace his lost jaw, nose and other features. Metal plates were used to support facial structure including the reconstructing of the roof of his mouth. While his facial features are constructed at healed, “Oscar” will continue to improve his speech through therapy. BBC reports:

The 31-year-old thanked his donor’s family and the medics that gave him a new face in March at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona.

A shooting accident meant his entire facial skin and muscles – including nose and lips – needed replacing.

Doctors say he can expect to regain up to 90% of his facial functions. He had been left unable to breathe, swallow, or talk properly after an accident five years ago. Now the man, identified only as Oscar, still struggles to speak with clarity and will need months of physical therapy.

He told the news conference: “Friends, I want to thank the hospital coordinators, the entire medical team, the family of the donor and most of all my family who are supporting me these days.”

Oscar was considered for a full face transplant after nine previous operations failed.

A team of 30 experts carried out the 24-hour long operation on 20 March at the hospital in Barcelona. Led by Dr JP Barret, the team transplanted muscles, nose, lips, maxilla, palate, all teeth, cheekbones, and the mandible by means of plastic surgery and micro-neurovascular reconstructive surgery techniques.

It was the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the 10 operations performed previously had been only partial. The first successful face transplant was performed in France in 2005 on Isabelle Dinoire, a 38-year-old woman who had been mauled by her dog.

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