Motorcyclist Clive Randell was badly injured in a crash and feared his leg would have to be amputated. But thanks to a new technique using stem cells, part of his shin bone has regrown. Tom Savvides talks to Clive and Professor Anan Shetty
A Kent motorcyclist who was told he would lose his leg after a crash has become one of the first people in the world to have part of his shin bone re-grown by stem cells.
Clive Randell broke his leg in the accident but doctors managed to save it by using a new technique which required minimal surgery.
Scientists at the University of Southampton have created a new method to generate bone cells which could lead to revolutionary bone repair therapies for people with bone fractures or those who need hip replacement surgery due to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
This latest discovery expands on the close collaborative work previously undertaken by the University of Southampton and the University of Glasgow. In 2011 the team successfully used plastic with embossed nanopatterns to grow and spread adult stem cells while keeping their stem cell characteristics