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Success of boy's pioneering windpipe op

26th July 2012

A British boy who had his defective windpipe replaced in a world-first operation has developed into a healthy young man.

Ciaran Finn-Lynch’s windpipe was so narrow that there were fears he could die at any moment. But a revolutionary operation, carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital in March 2010, saw his windpipe replaced with one grown using his own stem cells. The surgery has proved successful and the boy from County Down in Northern Ireland has been able to return to school and take up interests such as drumming.

 

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