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July 8th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

Cancer patient recieves first fully synthetic organ transplant

Researchers announced yesterday that 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.

On June 9, doctors implanted the synthetic trachea into a 36-year-old man with late-stage tracheal cancer at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm.

The patient, who had exhausted every other treatment available, is doing well and expected to be released from the hospital today.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses the procedure this morning with Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans, explaining if the treatment will now be available for other cancer patients.


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