Stem cell sheets save skin

The situation: a seven-year-old had lost two-thirds of his skin to junctional epidermolysis bullosa. German doctors had tried nearly everything to try to treat the condition which they thought would soon be fatal. When the boy’s father asked if there were any experimental treatments they could try, they found one with Dr. Michele De Luca who was able to use the kid’s stem cells to construct a fully functional skin graft to replace 80% of his skin. And it took! This marks the first time a stem cell other than the hematopoietic kind has been successfully transplanted. The kid has made a full recovery, and is off to playing soccer with his friends, likely with much less fear of scraping a knee.