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.
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.
After several years of stagnation, the number of organ transplants in Poland is increasing, according to the latest data from the 'Poltransplant' transplant coordination centre. In 2017, 1,531 organs were transplanted, the largest number in five years.