Today's success: A destroyed upper jawbone
“We have made something that no-one has managed to successfully do before.” Real Estate Manager, Pekka, suffered from an aggressive tumor which destroyed his upper jawbone. Without treatment the tumor would have been fatal. At the Human Spare Parts program, we helped Pekka together with dentists and doctors from the Helsinki University Hospital by growing a new upper jawbone from his own stem cells and gave him a new chance to eat and speak normally. The treatment was the first of its kind in the world, in 2006. Read the story of one of our first patients and a breakthrough treatment.
Future vision: Thumping heart cells save lives
Inherited heart diseases are one of the most common genetic mutations around the world. They can affect more than one person in a single family but still it is a mystery why some of them get symptoms and other family members do not. It is also problematic to find an ideal treatment for each person and each specific heart problem. Mikko, a young goalie tells his own story what happened after he felt arrhythmic symptoms after an intense hockey game.