Rare, Extensive Throat Transplant Is Successful In Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish surgeons say they have successfully performed a rare and extensive transplant of the throat area.

Prof. Adam Maciejewski said Monday the 37-year-old patient suffered from advanced cancer of the voice box, making it impossible for him to breathe, swallow and speak. Other parts involved in the rare transplant included the windpipe, esophagus and thyroid gland.

The patient, identified only as Michal, appeared at the medical team’s news conference at the Oncology Center in the southern town of Gliwice, and whispered thanks. The transplant, from a donor, took place on April 11.

Maciejewski said recovery was satisfactory, and he added that two similar but less extensive transplants have been previously performed in the world.

In 2013, his team did a life-saving transplant of almost the entire face on another patient.

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