In a 1st, baby’s heart defect successfully treated with injected stem cells

A baby born with a heart defect was the first person on record to receive an injection of stem cells to patch his heart after surgery. The boy, named Finley, is now 2 years old, and his doctors are developing a refined version of his stem cell treatment to mend more children’s hearts in the future.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting about 1% of children born in the U.S. and the same percentage in the U.K., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in new tab) (CDC) and U.K. National Health Service (opens in new tab). Baby Finley was born with a birth defect called “transposition of the great arteries,” meaning the two major arteries meant to carry blood out of his heart had switched positions, according to a statement (opens in new tab) from the University of Bristol in England. 

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