Sunday, January 27, 2008

Nature Doesn't Let Medicine Show Her Up

Earlier this week, we wrote about the major break-through in transplant care that could eventually eliminate the need for anti-rejection medications. Not content to let Mankind rest on its laurels, Nature went ahead and proved she could do it, too. A now 15 year old girl received a liver transplant at 9 years of age, and
her body achieved what doctors said was the holy grail of transplant surgery. “It’s kind of hard to believe.” Brennan’s body changed blood group from O negative to O positive when she became ill while on drugs to avoid rejection of the organ by her body’s immune system.

Her new liver’s blood stem cells then invaded her body’s bone marrow to take over her entire immune system, meaning the teen no longer needs anti-rejection drugs.
Her doctors are now, of course, looking in to how to repeat this success.

Just goes to show, eh?

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