Scientists Successfully Conduct World’s First Synthetic Organ Transplant
Swedish surgeons have successfully carried out the world’s first synthetic organ transplant–a new procedure that does not rely on donors and that reduces the risk of the body rejecting the new organ. Scientists in London created a synthetic windpipe for a 36-year-old cancer patient and then infused it with stem cells from the patient so that his body would accept the replacement organ as its own.
The successful transplant marks a breakthrough in the world of medicine. “This is a synthetic windpipe. The beauty of this is you can have it immediately. There is no delay. This technique does not rely on a human donation,” explained Professor Paolo Macchiarini, who led the surgery. Macchiarini says this procedure can be used to repair or replace many other organs in the future. He plans to perform another windpipe transplant on a nine-month-old Korean baby born with a malformed windpipe next.