Adult Stem Cell Awareness

September 24, 2009

Autologous stem cells augment artificial heart to save man’s life

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 10:07 pm
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A great story out of Greece where for the first time autologous (adult) stem cells have been used alongside an artificial pump. The idea is to buy time, making the Jarvic “heart” do all the work while the autologous cells rebuild new and healthy heart muscle. If this works as anticipated, not only will lives (and quality of life) be extended for some patients with end-stage heart failure, but in addition, perhaps this combination of therapies will prevent some patients from becoming candidates for transplant.

Dying patient saved by artificial heart and stem cell treatment hailed as world first

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:51 PM on 24th September 2009

A British surgeon has saved a man dying of heart failure by giving him an artificial heart and injecting him with stem cells to rebuild the damaged muscle in a world-first operation.

Professor Stephen Westaby, based at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, led the team that operated on Ioannis Manolopoulos in Thessaloniki, Greece to fit him with the mechanical pump.

Artificial hearts are used in only a handful of patients in the UK and Mr Westaby believes that the use of the patient’s own cells extracted from his bone marrow represents the first time the two treatments have ever been combined.

Mr Manolopoulos, who is recovering after the operation two weeks ago, said: ‘If things go well, I must go to church and pray because I feel very lucky to get this device and have the chance of a normal life.’ continue

See also: Man Treated for Heart Failure With Own Cardiac Stem Cells

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