21 Jan '11, 12am

A US woman regained the ability to speak after a rare voicebox transplant - only the 2nd ever successfully performed

A US woman regained the ability to speak after a rare voicebox transplant - only the 2nd ever successfully performed

Brenda Jensen smiles as she answers a question about her transplanted larynx during a news conference at the University of California. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - A US woman was reunited on Thursday with doctors who gave her a new larynx and restored her ability to speak after a rare voicebox transplant surgery, only the second ever successfully performed. Ms Brenda Jensen, 52, a lifelong diabetes sufferer, lost her voice after she was hospitalised in 1998 for kidney failure. Under sedation, she repeatedly ripped out her ventilation tube, causing permanent damage to her larynx. Afterwards, she endured teasing and social isolation as she tried to use a device that generated mechanical speech when she pressed it to her throat. The noise it made turned heads and made her uncomfortable, she said. 'People made fun of that,' she said. 'They called me the robot lady.' But an operat...

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