California woman gets voice back | News | Al Jazeera

California woman gets voice back

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

    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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