Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

New leg ulcer treatment uses dead donors' skin

By Alex Diaz

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.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph