Doctors have created a new treatment for liver disease that might save hundreds of lives per year and end the need for liver transplant surgery.
Liver experts really need new therapies for the epidemic of liver diseases that is causing a huge demand for donor livers.
Eighteen British children who have rare and life threatening liver conditions will receive infusions of specially treated liver stem cells that have been removed from the organs of dead donors.
Doctors will create vital stem cells, the building blocks of life, and regenerate the impaired organ.
The world’s first trial using liver stem cells will take place at London’s King’s College Hospital and is to be headed by pediatric liver specialist Professor Anil Dhawan.
He said the use of stem cells to treat liver disease is an ‘exciting breakthrough’.
He commented: ‘We have many very sick children and babies who need transplants. If we can cure them without a transplant, that will be a fantastic development.
‘We have tried using ordinary liver cells with limited success, but is the first time a treatment has been developed that gets the liver to re-grow using stem cells.’
This comes after they successfully treated baby Iyaad Syed last year.
Iyaad was healthy at birth in February 2011 but his liver began to fail after he contracted the herpes-simplex virus. Professor Dhawan injected donor liver stem cells into the boy’s abdomen when he was only two weeks old. In November the doctors announced that Iyaad had recovered well and that his own liver was functioning normally again
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