Woman with world’’s first tailor-made trachea transplant describes her best moment

November 20th, 2008 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, November 20 (ANI): Claudia Castillo, the first woman to have a transplant of an organ grown from stem cells, has described hearing the word successful as the best moment of her life.

The 30-year-old, who had suffered from tuberculosis five years ago, had experienced a worsen condition after having conventional treatment which led her to excessive coughing, leaving her unable to walk for long.

The mum of two, who was not able to utter more than few words prior to the pioneering surgery, revealed it was heart-wrecking not being able to do normal things mothers did for their children.

The Columbian, treated at Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, had been given the chance to replace her windpipe grown using her own stem cells, and had waited five months before Dr. Paolo Macchiarini and his team prepared for the transplant.

The single mother now owes her life to the groundbreaking process called tissue engineering which enabled her to dance and swim while she holidayed in Ibiza things she couldnt have imagined doing earlier.

Claudio, who is packing her bags to fly home to take her kids to visit her father and relatives whom she has not seen for several years, is grateful for being able to watch her children grow before her eyes, reports the Telegraph.

She said: “Every day since the operation I feel happy that I will be around to watch my children grow up. I hope I will even be around to see my grandchildren.

“The moment I woke after the procedure, I looked up at the doctor and he smiled and told me it had been successful - it was the best moment ever.” (ANI)

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