Dying Man’s Life Saved: Adult Stem Cells & Mechanical Heart

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on September 25, 2009


After being in the hospital for four months and suffering at least two heart attacks, Ioannis Manolopoulos was operated on by a team led by Dr. Stephen Westaby from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Manolopoulos received the mechanical heart along with his own adult stem cells as part of a worlds first procedure. His stem cells were transfused to repair damage to his heart muscles caused by his heart attacks. The combination of the new mechanical heart and the adult stem cells brings promise to patients suffering similar complications from heart attack and heart muscle damage.

It has been two weeks now and Mr. Manolopoulos seems to be recovering well.

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