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Limb artifically regrown

28th September 2011

A 50-year-old Hampshire woman has become one of the first patients in the country to have part of a limb artificially regrown in a laboratory and put back in her body.

Liz Coveney from Hythe, who had holes in the cartilage in her right knee, underwent two operations. The first saw a small piece of cartilage containing 200,000 cells taken from her knee and then grown in a Belgian laboratory into four million cells and placed back in her knee. The operation was carried out at the Spire Southampton Hospital.

 

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