According to Swedish doctors, a major blood vessel of a 10-year-old girl has been replaced with one grown with her own stem cells. It was reported that this had to be done due to a poor blood flow between her intestines and liver.
A dead man’s vein was taken and then it was stripped of its own cells and then bathed in stem cells from the girl.
This led to a major improvement in the quality of the girl’s life, the surgeons said.
This development is the latest in the series of body parts grown, or engineered, to match the tissue of the patient.
A similar task was carried out in 2011 when a synthetic windpipe was made by scientists and then coated it with a patient's stem cells.
There can be serious health problems like internal bleeding and death when a blockage in the major blood vessel linking the intestines and the liver takes place.
There were other steps taken in this case like using artificial grafts to bypass the blockage but they had failed.
Seeing this, an attempt to make a vein out of the patient’s own cells was made by doctors at the University of Gothenburg and Shalgrenska University Hospital. It used a process known as ‘decellularisation’.