Some material on the larynx transplant at UC Davis, which has made news all over the world. From the Modesto Bee:

For more than a decade, Brenda Jensen has been teased for using an electronic device that made her sound like a robot.

Today, the 52-year-old Modesto woman has her voice back, thanks to rare transplant surgery at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

In what was only the second successful larynx transplant documented in medical literature, an international team of surgeons replaced Jensen’s larynx in October.

Thirteen days later, UC Davis surgeons were at her bedside to find if their delicate work had been a success. They asked Jensen to speak.

“I want to go home,” she said in a hoarse voice before breaking into a smile. Full article

Here’s this morning’s report by Sarah Varney on The California Report:

And here are video and animation about Jensen and the procedure from UC Davis, and here’s a KCRA Sacramento video report on the post-surgery press conference featuring Jensen speaking.

Video And Animation of Larynx Transplant at UC Davis 21 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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