Trachea transplant recipient dies

Josh Pennell and Steve Bartlett
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Hannah Warren — Submitted photo

The life of a young girl born without a windpipe has sadly come to an end.

Hannah Warren, the Korean daughter of Paradise native Darryl Warren, spent her entire life at a Seoul hospital.

On April 9, she underwent a high-tech trachea transplant at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, which is part of the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

It was the first tissue-engineered, bio-artificial trachea transplant in a child.

In simplest terms, stem cells from Hannah’s bone marrow were attached to a plastic scaffold, where they multiplied and created the trachea. Following her operation, medical teams were thrilled that a tissue sample from her new trachea showed her cells transforming into trachea cells.

In an earlier article in The Telegram, one of Hannah’s doctors said the surgical stress during the operation was substantial.

Still, following her procedure, Hannah had started to do a little breathing on her own, and hopes were high.

Family announcement

Her family posted about her death on a site called “Help Hannah Breathe.” The site was a place where people could donate money to help Hannah’s family with her medical bills.

“Hannah Genevieve Warren passed away peacefully yesterday at 3:30 pm (July 6th). Our hearts are broken,” the message reads. “We will forever miss her infectious personality and miraculous strength and spirit. Born without a trachea, she gave us over 34 months of ever-lasting memories. We are humbled and blessed. She is a pioneer in stem-cell technology and her impact will reach all corners of our beautiful Earth. Her new trachea was performing well, but her lungs went from fairly good, to weak, to poor. She’s free now and with her Angel Wings she will perform many more miracles in Heaven (God willing).”

The post also thanks everybody who donated money for Hannah to have the surgery.

 

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

sbartlett@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Hospital of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Geographic location: Seoul

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  • Patrick G.
    July 14, 2013 - 05:36

    Hannah, may you rest your little head in the arms of our Saviour Jesus Christ. To the Warrens, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your family having lived in Korea, your loss hits home with me.

  • Claire
    July 09, 2013 - 09:18

    Hannah is in Heaven now and one of God's littlest angels. Praying for her family, the doctors and hospital staff who are missing this brave, adorable girl. Lots of tears falling around the world for this toddler.

  • RIVLYN AND LORETTA KENNEDY
    July 08, 2013 - 17:42

    DARRYL AND HIS WIFE SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LITTLE TREASURE, OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHT'S ARE WITH YOU . GOD BLESS YOU GUYS FOREVER

  • laura miller
    July 08, 2013 - 13:10

    ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL ANGEL in GODS HANDS R I P

  • Red Taylor
    July 08, 2013 - 08:18

    God gained another beautiful little angel. The family is in our thoughts today, may you find the strength to carry on and remember the beautiful memories your little one gave you.

    • Bernice Maddigan
      July 08, 2013 - 10:48

      Lisa I am so sad to hear about Hannah's passing. God will give you all the strength & courage to get you through this time. She is a precious angel!

  • Michelle
    July 08, 2013 - 07:41

    May God bless the family of this child, and give them the strength to carry on. You are all in our thoughts and prayers today.

  • Mary
    July 08, 2013 - 07:21

    I am so sorry to hear of this little girls passing,I,ve been wondering how she,s been doing since the surgery,my heart goes out to the parents.She was such a bright little girl,a little soldier and pioneer. Heartbreaking.