Narrator: This is Science Today. The world's second documented larynx transplant recently took place at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. In one of the most complex transplant surgeries ever performed, an international team of surgeons restored the voice of a California woman who had been unable to speak for more than a decade. Dr. Gregory Farwell, an associate professor of otolaryngology at UC Davis, was lead surgeon for the transplant.
Farwell: This is a very unique surgery and the benefits, I think, are multi-factorial. Certainly, the biggest benefit is for our patient. Brenda, her life has been changed by this, but in a larger scheme and a more global scheme, this gives us tremendous information about complex, composite tissue transplantation and our hope is that we will continue to learn from Brenda so that future patients gain from the knowledge gained from this very rare procedure.
Narrator: Farwell explains this type of transplant is so challenging because the anatomy of the neck is so complex. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.