(CNN) — For the first time, a patient has received a synthetic windpipe that was created in a lab with the patient’s own stem cells and without using human donor tissue
Previous lab-generated transplants either used a segment of donor windpipe or involved tissue only, not an organ.
On June 9, doctors implanted this synthetic windpipe into a 36-year-old man with late-stage tracheal cancer at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The patient is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital
Creating the synthetic structure for the trachea in the current case took 10 to 12 days, compared with waiting months for an organ donor