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Right now an amazing medical breakthrough giving a two year old girl a new lease on life there she -- -- -- -- -- she was born without a windpipe.
Unable to eat or drink or breathe on her own and she's been kept alive for the last two years with the breathing -- She's likely to die her parents were told by the time she turns six years old.
But all that changed when she became the world's first child to receive an artificial windpipe.
Created with her own stem cells her doctors are calling this really nothing short of amazing.
This would be the future roar of organ transplantation.
The second new chapter in -- And you're kind of looking at right now you're looking into the future right now.
Well doctors performed the surgery at children's hospital of Illinois and April ninth and by the sixteenth she was breathing.
On her own hand as parents say they're excited to start a new life with both of their.
-- -- Asked for anything else.
Some more blessed so thank you all for coming and sharing and and it is an incredible journey -- stores beginning.
Doctor mark Halterman is one of the pediatric surgeons who perform this groundbreaking operation.
And congratulations doctor is great to have and the program with us today.
Thank you as a pediatric surgeon I'm sure you get a lot of cases across your desk seven then you -- -- some of them heartbreaking in that.
In that you can't and you met Hannah.
When she was a month old and I'm just curious why why is she staying with you why did you think.
This normally fatal.
Deficiency that she had why did you think that there is hope.
Well when I first met her and it was clear that she had a very difficult problem.
And unfortunately we don't have a good certainly the solution to that problem.
So I went back from -- to Peoria and I thought about it and thought about it and and then had wells told of the time that the family was advised -- counseled that -- let nature take its course and let Hannah.
Expire without any kind of intervention and that bothered me a lot.
Nana I went back to sell about five months later on on business trip and I -- -- again this point she was driving issue is still breathing through a tube obviously that.
She was driving she was growing again and looking and Meehan smiling and she just kind of one over my hard.
The second time there I met the family and the family kind of -- -- over -- -- said to me.
We don't know what to do our -- -- a prisoner in the hospital we don't have we know that's not a good operation with us but we've been doing some research and we were research your tenants of medicine.
Human learned that professor -- on -- -- -- from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
Has been doing regenerative medicine techniques to replace -- is in adults.
And do you think you can contact him to see if you could help us with our our child.
You since I do a little bit -- stem cell research that went ahead and said okay I'll contact the professor which -- dead and and that problem accurately and I have been conspiring fell last two years to find a place effects cannot.
Well and so here we are today we're seeing her couple weeks out of surgeries hasn't been announced this is what you implanted in her.
A tissue engineered.
Stem cell based artificial windpipe.
What what exactly is that.
-- that tricky.
Is made up a different components and there is some little red in the trachea that -- -- cartilage.
And they prevented -- from collapsing when you -- we inspiring you take a breath.
And to replace those we may little plastic rings in the same shape.
-- and we take classic a nano fibers that are about 10100.
Times smaller than the human hair.
And spin it around us -- little plastic straps.
To make exactly that correct anatomical shape and size for -- Wow you and and then you put the fibers on there there's spaces in between their pores -- -- -- -- stem cells into there from her own bone marrow.
In this house and loved it tests the -- -- our growing.
Wow and so there she is again out of surgery we mention that she was unable to breathe and talk or swallow -- drink on her own since she's been born.
What -- your life look like now.
Well obviously she has a lot of rehabilitation.
And additional surgeries in the future.
-- the -- he was to be referred to mr.
miles -- it's obvious that to had to be in place to hold this saga gets open there was a communication between -- well into the esophagus.
And her -- And that's what kept her alive when the two fell out or institute -- -- by accident she would she couldn't breathe and she almost died several times.
Plus she was -- -- -- -- all the time around her to ensure long associates variously.
Drowning in our own saliva and if we didn't suction out she would die so.
She was very concerned then and fearful when this too but fallout charities -- also very fearful of having anything else put in -- mouth.
So after the operation she's -- throw -- and Pakistan are -- -- to me.
We discovered that she does have a voice but she does have local courts eventually she'll be able to breathe.
And talk we hope incredible what you -- things back together but at this point with teaching her how to swallow carefully and hand and protect your own.
Windpipe so she doesn't have strayed well we're also introducing her to no offense is smelling and tasting what she does not -- do.
It's that's it it's remarkable doctor congratulations with the successful surgery you wish you and Hannah and you rest your -- -- that's a lot in the -- the weeks and months to come thank you so much serve.
Thank you won a cute little -- to -- things I shed a lot of personality for two year old discretion without dot.
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