New leg ulcer treatment uses dead donors' skin
A great-grandmother has become the first person in the UK to be healed by a new treatment for leg ulcers.
Jessie Townley (92) had an hour-long operation involving a new form of skin graft known as decellularised dermis — which comes from deceased skin donors.
One of 20 people taking part in a clinical trial at University Hospital South Manchester, Mrs Townley has become the first patient to make a full recovery.
She has suffered ulcers on her right leg for 20 years and is among the one in a 100 people believed to develop the condition in their lifetime at a cost of £1bn a year.
The Manchester widow, grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of seven, said the treatment had given her a “new lease of life”.
She said: “When these lovely doctors and nurses asked me to try this new treatment I thought it might not work for me, but it could help younger folk.
“I am delighted with the results and I feel so grateful.”
Under the process, the donor's cells are removed from the skin and processed by the NHS Blood and Transplant Service based in Liverpool.