Woman Gets New Windpipe In Groundbreaking Transplant

Woman Gets New Windpipe In Groundbreaking Transplant
(AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel)

A medical team in New York City says it has performed the first complete surgical transplant of a windpipe.

The trachea is basically a tube that transports air to and from the lungs, so you might think it would be easy to transplant. But not so. In fact, trachea transplants have been one of the last big challenges in this area of medicine.

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