News & Events
April 16, 2012
This is the story of Angela Irizarry, who was born with a life-threatening congenital heart defect, and the groundbreaking surgical technique developed by Yale pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher Breuer. Angela was the first patient in the United States to receive a natural tissue-engineered vascular graft, made from her body's own cells. The research and clinical trials of Dr. Breuer were funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.