Hanna warren, a two year old girl, who is the youngest recipient of a bioengineered windpipe, is no more.
She was born with a rare and life threatening condition, without a trachea and in April this year she became the youngest recipient of a bioengineered windpipe. The windpipe was created from her own cells and plastic fibers.
The girl died after she suffered from complications that followed an additional operation on Warren's esophagus, which had not healed well.
Explaining her condition, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, Warren's surgeon and a specialist in the field of regenerative medicine said, "The trachea was never a problem. It was her native tissue that was very fragile."
Similar operations were performed on two other patients of which only one has survived and pulled along with the reengineered organ for nearly two years.
Regenerative medicine is the next big thing that promises to make a difference to the world of medicine and progress in this area will lead to better survival rates.