A woman has received a new windpipe from her own stem cells as reported by the Associated Press (AP). Because the transplant tissue was her own, the patient will not have to use anti-rejection medications as typically used for normal transplants.
The patient, 30 year-old mother of two Claudia Castillo, had been left unable to care for her children due to a battle with tuberculosis. As stated in the AP report, she had suffered a lung collapse in March, which created the need for her to receive regular respiratory treatments thereafter, and eventually led to doctors proposing she have a windpipe transplant. Doctors used a donor windpipe and took marrow from Castillo to create cartilage and tissue later used to line it.
Castillo, who lives in Barcelona, is now reportedly doing well after the surgery and again able to care for her two kids. She is being closely monitored to ensure that the transplant was successful, which will be better revealed over time.
Researchers and medical experts are hopeful that Castillo’s case and others will prove promising for successfully utilizing stem cells of patients for a wider range of transplant needs.