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"You're going to speak with the miracle woman, right?" asks a neighbor as we search for her house, cameras in tow.

Claudia Castillo needs no introduction in these parts. She is known simply as the 'wonder woman' in her modest neighborhood in the Colombian city of Cali.

Since Claudia, 30, received a new windpipe with tissue engineered from her own stem cells, she has become something of a local celebrity, as well as the subject of intense media interest from around the world.

Her operation, carried out in Spain in June this year, was one of the most exciting medical advances of 2008.

The breakthrough allowed Claudia to receive a new section of trachea -- an airway essential for breathing -- without the risk that her body would reject the transplant. Read full article »

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