The following article provoked a response by Philipp Jungebluth’s lawyer, presented here. A sentence was changed following a court injunction against me, passed in my absence on 24.01.2017, declaring that he left his job entirely voluntarily.
The German surgeon-apprentice Philipp Jungebluth was student, most loyal acolyte and trusted right-hand man of the disgraced stem cell researcher Paolo Macchiarini. Jungebluth was part of most if not all trachea transplants performed by Macchiarini on their unlucky patients. Some new information I uncovered (despite best attempts at obfuscation) suggests that Jungebluth was recruited to the University Clinic Heidelberg from Sweden to develop a transplant technology of stem-cell regenerated 3D-printed plastic tracheas. The young surgeon-in-training and his Heidelberg host Hendrik Dienemann progressed to the stage of animal experiments, before Jungebluth left his position in Heidelberg to work a small communal clinic near Hannover.
The young German doctor started to work with trachea transplants in human patients under his mentor Macchiarini in Barcelona, in 2008. During this project, Jungebluth was part of the team which had been “regenerating” a cadaveric trachea (a section of a bronchus, precisely) with stem cell magic inside a veterinary lab of the University of Bristol, before the final product was flown to Barcelona and transplanted into Macchiarini’s young patient, Claudia Castillo. Not only were the British medical safety authorities not asked for permission, they were actually actively misled, as my earlier investigation revealed. The University of Bristol however simply declared all lab documentation as non-existent and sneakily deleted some press releases which contained uncomfortable information.