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Belgian Doctors Give Injured Woman a New Windpipe
LONDON – For more than a quarter of a century, Linda De Croock lived with constant pain from a car accident that smashed her windpipe. Today, she has a new one after surgeons implanted the windpipe from a dead man into her arm, where it grew new tissue before being transplanted into her throat. The way doctors trained her body to accept donor tissue could yield new methods of growing or nurturing organs within patients, experts say. The technique sounds like science fiction, but De Croock says it has transformed her life. She no longer takes anti-rejection drugs.