Professor Adam Maciejewski from the Oncology Centre in Gliwice was recognized by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) for completely rebuilding the internal organs of a six-year-old boy’s neck by transplanting a new larynx, trachea and throat, as well as bone marrow.
The first ever innovative operation to implant a stent graft that grows together with the child has been performed at the Child Cardiological Clinic at the University Children's Hospital in Krakow-Prokocim, southern Poland.
The new implants can be inserted in all regions of the spine and could help hundreds of millions of people worldwide who suffer from back pain.
It took vets especially flown in from South Africa five hours to deal with the 20-year-old Israeli-born African Elephant’s teeth and last tusk after it was discovered to be in “very bad condition.”
After swallowing toxic chemicals, the boy had to be fed directly via his intestines, breathed through a tracheostomy tube and never learned to speak. Now surgeons have carried out a world-first by completely rebuilding his internal organs.
Using a carefully designed implant based on the computed tomography of the healthy part of the man's face, a mirror image of his surviving bone structure was fashioned into a single polyethylene implant.
Warsaw surgeons took six hours to carry out the operation, the first stage in a process to reconstruct the boy’s face.