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This an incredible story

#1 by Sheldonboy , Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:30 pm

An amazing story from Birmingham Childrens Hospital
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20426413


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#2 by Voltman , Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:07 pm

The article doesn't say why they had to use her own leg bones.
I wonder if there might be some alternative, such as ceramics, that they could have used for the backbone and give her a chance of recovering her full legs.

Either way it's a remarkable bit of surgery.


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#3 by mikejee , Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:18 pm

At present i think artificial replacements ,other than bone from the body, all stand at least a small chance of being eventually rejected. Possibly it might be replaced , but i would probably be even more dofficult than this operation. Maybe in the future a completely reject-proof material will be developed

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