Toddler With Lab-Made Windpipe Dies

July 08, 2013
Hannah Warren with her parents

In this July 13, 2012 photo, Hannah Warren, 2, poses with her parents Lee Young-mi and Darryl Warren at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Hannah received a new windpipe made from her own stem cells in a landmark operation on April 9, 2013, at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, Ill.

(AP Photo/The Korea Herald, Kim Myung-sub)

A two-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died.

Hannah Warren, who was born without a windpipe, was the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.

Hospital spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff says Hannah died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria. Her family has asked for privacy.

The hospital says in a statement that Hannah couldn't "overcome additional health issues that were identified as her care progressed.''

The stem cells came from Hannah's bone marrow. They were seeded in a lab onto a plastic scaffold, where it took a few days for them to multiply and create a new windpipe, which was implanted April 9.

Hannah was born in South Korea and traveled to Illinois for the surgery.

Story source: AP

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