A Gillingham man who faced losing his leg in a climbing accident saw it saved thanks to a revolutionary ‘glue’ made from stem cells.
Andrew Kent’s right leg was broken in five places by a falling boulder while he was climbing with his son in the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District in April. The 53-year-old was rushed to hospital in Carlisle, where the broken bones were pinned back together in three operations.
But his leg was still in a bad condition and the wound became seriously infected. He was transferred to the Spire Alexandra Hospital in Chatham, where Anan Shetty, orthopaedic surgeon, performed the stem cell treatment: the first in Britain.
It involved removing stem cells from the bone marrow in Mr Kent’s hip. The cells were then mixed with a collagen gel known as Cartfill.
This formed a paste that was smeared into the fractures. His leg was then placed in a metal cage, gently squeezing the broken bones back together.
Kent Messenger 17th December 2009
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