In a 1st, baby’s heart defect successfully treated with stem cell injections

A baby born with a heart defect has become 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 repair the hearts of more children in the future.

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

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