An engineer in Tewkesberry, England, Tal Golesworthy, has used his engineering skills to develop a new aortic implant that doesn’t require either Coumadin or immunosuppression. It’s informally called “Tal’s exostent,” and as I understand it, it goes over the natural aorta to keep it from rupturing or continuing to expand. Each one is custom made to the patient by using a combination of MRI technology and CAD design. Golesworthy teamed up with a couple cardiothoracic surgeons to design the device, and was the first recipient of his own invention. Since 2002, 23 Marfans in the UK have been successfully treated with the device.
Will the FDA, which allows the deadly RU-486 drug, permit this to be used in the US? Well, let’s see: where are the ethical vaccines that work in other countries? Where is the ClearPlan NFP machine? Where are Allie’s lens implants?