Swedes indict surgeon for stem-cell windpipe transplants

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday indicted on charges of aggravated assault a surgeon believed to have made headlines in 2011 for carrying out the world’s the first stem-cell windpipe transplants, saying three people had laboratory-made tracheas implanted at Sweden’s leading hospital.

Although Mikael Bjork, director of Public Prosecution, didn’t name him, Swedish news agency TT said the surgeon was Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, who was once considered a pioneer in regenerative medicine, credited with creating the world’s first windpipe partially made from a patient’s own stem cells.


In December 2018, Bjork decided to reopen a previously discontinued investigation into three cases. Additional written evidence was obtained and more interviews were held with individuals in Sweden, Belgium, Britain, the United States and Spain, Bjork said in a statement.



“It has become clear to

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