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Holterman said Hannah will likely need a new windpipe in about five years, as she grows.

She breathes with help from a ventilator but no longer has a tube in her mouth that she’d lived with since shortly after birth, Holterman said. She’s not yet able to eat normally, but doctors let her have her first taste ever of food — a few licks on a lollipop. Her father said she already has discriminating taste and prefers chocolate Korean lollipops to the American kind.

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"I asked her, ‘Is it good?’" he said, "and she immediately nodded her head."

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Online:

Regenerative Medicine: http://1.usa.gov/13IWdrx

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AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner




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