California woman gets voice back

Successful larynx transplant operation allows woman to speak for the first time in more than 10 years.

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    In one of the most complex transplant surgeries ever performed, an international team of surgeons in California have restored the voice of a woman who had been unable to speak for more than a decade.

    The successful team of surgeons replaced the larynx (also known as the voice box), thyroid gland and trachea in 52-year-old Brenda Jensen who had lost her ability to speak and breathe on her own.

    Jensen is only the second person in the world to undergo a rare voice box transplant.

    Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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