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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Knee

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

The kneecaps of children are made of cartilage until the age of three years when it ultimately starts to turn into bones.


On September 30 1987, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 32-year-old Susan Lazarchick had the world’s first successful transplant of the human body’s most complex joint — the knee.

The complex operation was done to save the leg of Ms Lazarchick who had developed a potentially malignant tumor on her knee. The donor was an 18-year-old man who had died in a motorcycle accident a week before the transplant operation.

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