Vatican Honors Boy For Courage During Trachea Transplant

By Estefania Aguirre

VATICAN CITY, April 15, 2013--(CNA/EWTN News).- During the Second International Adult Stem Cell conference at the Vatican, a boy who had his windpipe replaced with one grown using his own stem cells won the “Pontifical Hero Award” for his courage.
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Ciaran Finn-Lynch, 14, was the second person to receive the award, and he made the trip from Northern Ireland to the Vatican to receive it.

“Ciaran is a shining example of what this result has shown,” said his father, Paul Finn, in an April 12 interview with CNA.

His mother, Colleen Finn, said “we need to have faith in God to get through all of this.”

“This has made our faith stronger because we need more and more prayers all the time,” she added.

Ciaran was born with long-segment tracheal stenosis, a condition that resulted in a narrow windpipe and made it hard for him to breathe.
 
“What we’ve heard here these last couple of days (at the conference) has been amazing, knowing they’re talking about building other organs,” Paul Finn said.

Ciaran’s mother noted that she was happy that her son is not on any medication, since the operation used his own cells, preventing the need for anti-rejection drugs.

“You just have to keep going on for him, and you can’t show that you’re scared or teary and you just have to put a brave face on,” said Colleen.



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