Exactly one year ago to the day of this TEDMED talk, Charity awoke from a coma after having a double lung transplant. Now she can sing arias. This is the type of miracle medicine can bring us. Biomedical science not only tremedously improves the quality of life, it saves and prolongs it.
Lung transplantantation is very complicated. There’s also a huge problem with donor organs. I do look forward to creating of the first bioengineed lungs from the patient’s stem cells. That would be a real breakthrough providing the opportunity to extend (=save) lives of many people, who are now dying being it the end of transplantation waiting lists.