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    Youngest Girl Given Bio-Engineered Windpipe Dies
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    In this April 26, 2013 photo provided by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., Hannah Warren, 2, lies in bed in a post-op room at the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, after having received a new windpipe in a landmark transplant operation on April 9, 2013. Hannah was born in South Korea without a windpipe but received a new one made from her own stem cells. She is the youngest patient ever to get the experimental treatment. Doctors announced Tuesday, April 30, 2013 she is recovering and likely will lead a normal life. (AP Photo/OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Jim Carlson)

    A nearly 3-year-old toddler who was the youngest person ever to receive a bio-engineered organ died Saturday in Illinois, surgeons involved in her treatment said. Hannah Warren was born in South Korea without a trachea, an extremely rare defect that is typically fatal. She had a bio-engineered windpipe made from her own stem cells implanted in April. It was only the sixth operation of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States. Doctors say the operation had also involved surgery on Hannah’s esophagus, which never healed properly. She had another operation last month to correct the problem and died from complications arising from the second operation.

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