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Imagine not being able to eat breathe drink or swallow on your own but -- this -- -- spent the first two years of her life.
Now because the miracle of science -- that science has given her a new windpipe.
Grown from her own stem cells.
So what does this mean for the rest of us and for the future of science joining us is pediatric surgeon sits Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
And scientists at this -- bond research institute.
Doctor Tracy friction right doctor -- -- thanks for being here welcome doctor.
Think -- -- good morning tells a little bit about -- out war and this is dead though little girl who was born and lived her whole life.
In a hospital because she couldn't breathe.
Or eat and then what happened.
So she had a procedure in April in which they actually took a polymer or an artificial material.
They put her own cells -- about polymer and then they actually were able to transplanted -- put that in the area of her windpipe.
And so far she's been doing -- been.
I so story this week it brought tears in my eyes that I thought.
As I dove a little bit deeper into this.
This is groundbreaking what does this mean for the future of treatment stem cell research in this country for not only children but for adults.
Well Canada is really making new ground for all of us and we're obviously all of rooting for her.
But she's also an example of all of the questions that we're going to have to answer we want to make this a safe therapy.
-- a lot of unknowns and that's why it's very important that the community and scientists and funding bodies and regulatory bodies.
And all -- -- make sure we get as much information as possible what are some of the -- chilly here.
Well it's a very complicated.
Procedure if you think about it to have to have a foreign materiel and cells in a growing child.
And the reason that we all want tissue engineering and have.
The availability of these organs is because we don't want to give children as transplants we hope to be able to give them their own cells back.
And a living organ that will grow with them over time and hopefully return them to having a very good quality of life.
So the unknowns really include how things will grow.
How the foreign materials will evolve and basically just how good these organs will be over time.
It's like when you buy that car with really great tires in the beginning.
You wanna know that in five or ten years that those tires will still be standing up and keeping you on the -- safe.
Of course so everybody will be watching -- story very closely.
We -- as she turns three in August and that it will be the first time she has been able to go home now that she has had this.
This surgery but but ideally if things go well for her does this mean in the future date we could use stem cells.
For other body parts and it's people could survive diseases that they didn't use -- Absolutely I mean this is this is the goal of all scientists who work on tissue engineering.
And you know where there are efforts being made in the hearts in the liver in -- in cartilage.
My own lab focuses on trying to make tissue engineered -- for children who have.
Either congenital problem or require large surgery to remove so much intestine that they can't eat well.
-- all of these I expect that we're going to see advances in this decade.
Doctor Tracy Christian thanks for waking up early with us this morning up there in Los Angeles we appreciate you.
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