mvar writes: A woman in the US is able to speak for the first time in 11 years after a pioneering voicebox transplant. Brenda Jensen said the operation, which took place in California, was a miracle which had restored her life. Thirteen days after the surgery she said her first words: "Good morning, I want to go home". It is the first time a voicebox and windpipe have been transplanted at the same time (image) and only the second time a voice box has ever been transplanted. In October, surgeons at the University of California Davis Medical Centre removed the larynx (voicebox), thyroid gland and 6cm of the trachea (windpipe) from a donor body. In an 18-hour operation this was transplanted into Ms Jensen's throat and the team connected it to her blood supply and nerves. Thirteen days later she was able to speak her first croaky words and is now able to talk easily for long periods of time.
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