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South Korean toddler gets first ever windpipe transplant

An international team of surgeons has successfully given a South Korean-Canadian toddler a life-saving windpipe transplant made from plastic fibers and some of her own stem cells. Hannah Warren, 2, was born without a trachea and is now the youngest person to ever receive a bio-engineered organ, after an operation…

U.S. soldier receives rare double arm transplant

A US soldier who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq has successfully received a rare double arm transplant, Johns Hopkins hospital said Monday. The infantryman, whose name and age were not released, is one of just seven people in the United States who have…

Spanish surgeons perform first double leg transplant

Spanish surgeons on Monday carried out the world’s first-ever double leg transplant, authorities in the eastern city of Valencia said. The operation lasted all night and was completed on Monday morning in the city’s La Fe hospital, the regional health authority said in a statement. “It is the first time…

Spanish surgeons perform first double leg transplant

MADRID — Spanish surgeons Monday performed the world’s first double-leg transplant on a man whose legs were amputated above the knee after an accident, officials said. Surgeons operated through the night on the man, who had faced life in a wheelchair because prosthetic limbs were unsuitable, said the health authority…

Landmark transplant uses stemcell-coated artificial windpipe

STOCKHOLM — An international team of surgeons have successfully carried out the world’s first transplant of a synthetic windpipe, the Swedish hospital where the groundbreaking operation took place said Thursday. On June 9, a 36-year-old man suffering from late stage tracheal cancer, received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from…

First mother-daughter womb transplant planned

STOCKHOLM — The world’s first mother-daughter uterus transplant could take place next year in Sweden, the head of an international research team in the western Swedish city of Gothenburg said Tuesday. “We have reached a stage where we have started to plan for a human transplant and we are investigating…

WATCH LIVE: First American full facial transplant recipient speaks about the surgery

Watch Dallas Wiens, the first American to receive a full facial transplant, speak to the media from Boston. Embed courtesy of MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Banking stem cells could save Japan nuclear workers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Health officials should collect blood from workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in case they are accidentally exposed to high levels of radiation and need a stem cell transplant, Japanese researchers said on Thursday. They said gathering blood from the workers would give them…

Transplant funding restored in AZ

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona has restored funding for some organ transplants that the state cut last year in a controversial move to help close a yawning budget deficit. Under a new budget signed by Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer late on Wednesday, the state will again provide coverage for pancreas,…

Australia carries out its first hand transplant

SYDNEY (AFP) – A man who lost his hands and feet to a bacterial infection four years ago has become Australia’s first recipient of a hand transplant, a report said Thursday. Peter Walsh, 65, underwent the successful nine-hour operation in Sydney this week. “Peter was wriggling his fingers today,” Professor…

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