Sumary of Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor:
- In January, doctors at New York Mount Sinai replaced her trachea, the tube that ferries air from the mouth to the lungs..
- Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines..
- Doctors can remove damaged sections, or fix or replace them with prosthetics, lab-grown tissue or self-supplied tissue from a patient skin and rib cartilage..
- But these techniques may not restore full function to the organ, which uses tiny hairs to move mucus around and has the perfect flexibility to expand and collapse as we breathe, swallow and cough….