Surgeons in Sweden have replaced the cancerous windpipe of a Maryland man with one made in a laboratory and seeded with the man’s cells.
The patient, Christopher Lyles, 30, whose tracheal cancer had progressed to the point where it was considered inoperable, arrived home in Baltimore on Wednesday. It was the second procedure of its kind and the first for an American.
“I’m feeling good,” Lyles said in a telephone interview. “I’m just thankful for a second chance at life.” He said he hoped to resume his job, as an electrical engineer as soon as he regained full strength.