Updated 04/30/13 – 5:48 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A toddler has a new chance at life, thanks to groundbreaking surgery, performed a few weeks ago at an Illinois hospital.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, 2-year-old Hannah Warren was born without a windpipe, a very rare condition that’s almost always fatal.
Hannah couldn’t eat or speak and could breathe only through a tube inserted in her mouth.
Three weeks ago, working with a pioneering doctor from Sweden, surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria were able to construct and implant a windpipe, made from plastic fibers and Hannah’s own stem cells.
“It’s an incredible miracle,” said surgeon Mark Holterman. “She really should be able to be a fairly normal child.”