This may be Hope's future. I am praying every day for advances in medical technology. I just don't think that the medical community has worked hard enough to figure out a way to keep human organs from rejecting when transplanted. That's why I am embracing the new technologies so much. You have to read this article from the Cleveland Clinic (our hometown hospital) on the Artificial Kidney that has already gone through Phase I and II clinical trials. I know human trials are coming and then it will be several years before they try it on kids, but really...how amazing. Hope's nephrologist told me about this study yesterday and I had to do some research on it today.
And at the University of Michigan, H. David Humes has created an artificial kidney from cells seeded onto a synthetic scaffold. The cell-phone-size kidney has passed tests on sheep—it's not yet implantable, but it's wearable, unlike a dialysis machine, and it does more than filter toxins from blood. It also makes hormones and performs other kidney functions.
Are you as amazed as I am? I hope so and I hope everyone has a chance to read this article in National Geographic on Organ Regeneration. Did you know that 30 people have received lab-grown bladders already, and other engineered organs are in the pipeline? I just sit here and imagine what this will mean for the heart babies not yet born.We have come so far and I pray that we continue to make progress in this and ALL diseases.