Thursday, September 1, 2011
It has happened--what I was waiting for. This month, the federal government gave scientists approval to begin testing home-grown heart parts in the U.S. Two scientists at Yale University have created blood vessels using patients' own cells. They started implanting these vessels in patients 10 years ago in Japan. Now, the FDA has given approval for them to start placing these blood vessels in pediatric patients in the U.S. This is just thrilling. This is the one breakthrough that I have wished for for Oliver. If he could get a living vessel grafted onto his heart the next time he goes in for surgery, there is the chance that he would never need another surgery---because the living vessel would grow with him.