After being in the hospital for four months and suffering at least two heart attacks, Ioannis Manolopoulos was operated on by a team led by Dr. Stephen Westaby from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Manolopoulos received the mechanical heart along with his own adult stem cells as part of a worlds first procedure. His stem cells were transfused to repair damage to his heart muscles caused by his heart attacks. The combination of the new mechanical heart and the adult stem cells brings promise to patients suffering similar complications from heart attack and heart muscle damage.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.