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I took a piece of the boy's rib cartilage and opened the trachea or windpipe, carefully sculpting the rib to fit exactly into the defect. The grafted rib was then sutured into place, making the repair airtight.
BBC 2009Despite years of research, there has only ever been one voice box transplant in the US, and the patient still needed to breathe through a hole in his neck.But now there is the possibility that improved stem cell technology could make it a possibility to develop a voice box for transplantation.A similar technique was used last year to give Claudia Castillo an artificial windpipe. She was given a donated organ which was covered with her own stem cells to trick her body into thinking the organ was part of her.