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10:48 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Med Student Rescues Body Part From Airport Security

The section of trachea with two days of cell growth, immediately before Castillo's implant surgery.
Harvard Bioscience

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:55 pm

No, said airline security, you can't take this bottle onboard. It exceeds the 100 milliliter limit; it's forbidden.

But wait, said professor Martin Birchall of Bristol University. This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a very sick woman in Barcelona. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. We pre-arranged this.

We have no record of your request, said the airline.

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