Nothing creates “humbug” during the Christmas season like hearing daily about North Korea wanting to kill millions (potentially billions) of innocent people, the constant battle between “donkeys and elephants,” and even violence while shopping at the mall. The Time of Isreal has published a story that breaks the callousness and delivers more than a bit of joy to counter all of that misery.
It is reported that human bone is being regrown for the first time ever “at HaEmek Hospital in the northern Israeli town of Afula.” This could very well be the biggest medical breakthrough since man discovered penicillin. Each bone is “alive” and grows in ways that are staggering the medical community as the reel of shock.
A man who the Times calls “Danny” had suffered having part of his shinbone removed following a devastating car accident. Eight months later, in a procedure that some staff has been calling “science fiction,” his leg is being regrown!
A direct quote from the outlet Yedioth Ahronoth says that “doctors took fat cells from the patient, grew them in a lab and injected them back into his body for them to generate the missing parts of the bone.” An Isreali company called Bonus BioGroup created the new science that is bound to change the entire world of medicine.
It takes only two weeks to grow the tissue in a procedure that is reported to separate fat cells “from the cells capable of generating tissue and blood vessels, and the latter are grown in a bioreactor, a device that simulates the environment inside the human body and provides optimal condition for bone generation.”
“We created thousands of tiny bone particles, each one of them alive, which enables us to inject them into the missing part where they join together to form a fully functional bone,” said Dr. Shai Meretzky of the victory. He is the CEO of the Bonus BioGroup.
Prof. Nimrod Rozen, head of the orthopedic ward at HaEmek, performed the surgery. He said, “Our patient arrived with a missing part in his shinbone that his body could not regenerate on its own. In the surgery I transplanted the cells we extracted from him two weeks ago, and within six weeks the bone will regrow itself and his shin will function normally again. This surgery is truly science fiction, it changes the entire game in orthopedics. Today I have the ability to grow any bone in a lab.”
The doctors see this helping those who “suffer from osteoporosis and cancer patients who had amputations.” It may even be able to make those who have been born as dwarves “several centimeters taller.”
Rozen even admits, “In every surgery, I can add ten centimeters, and it can be repeated several times. This can change the self-esteem of many people.”
Danny has said, “I am sure they did a good job, and hope that in a few weeks I will be able to stand normally on my foot again.”
Indeed, for once he does so, the ripple effects that radiate from this procedure will change the face of modern medicine in miraculous ways resemble something from an Issac Asimov novel. Those who have been disfigured and demoralized by illness can have hope that they never dreamed possible in their lifetimes.
That is cause for celebration!