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Pig organs using to treat newborn babies with birth defects

17 April 2017, 8:47:00

Newborn babies suffering from birth defects will be treated with altered pig organs as doctors in Britain become the first in the world to use the procedure.

 

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The procedure will be conducted next year on about ten babies suffering from oesophagus astresia, a rare condition where the upper section of the gullet does not connect to the stomach, making it difficult to swallow and can quickly lead to more serious problems, including choking and pneumonia.

 

The babies, will receive transplants from pig organs which will be modified using the child's own stem cells.

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