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Cow tissue saved boy's life

6th July 2009

A seven-hour operation using cow tissue was performed on a baby boy to build new valves in his heart.

The operation was carried out at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Cardiac surgeon Nelson Alphonso said: "This was a very unusual case. We used a plastic band on one of Jamie's main arteries to restrict blood flow to the lungs. That allowed his condition to improve until was strong enough for the operation." 

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Article Information

Title: Cow tissue saved boy's life
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 12035
Date Added: 6th Jul 2009

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