This documentary series investigates the Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini’s claims to have invented a ground-breaking method to create new organs. His method using plastic tracheas sown with stemcells has been operated on patients in USA, Russia, Sweden and in Great Britain.
So far, unfortunately, the track record of his plastic organs is not very good. Almost all patients are dead. The series provides a unique in-depth story of what actually took place. Is Macchiarini a genius, or a fraud?
The director Bosse Lindquist got to follow Paolo Macchiarini and his work for a year. Slowly but surely he uncovers the facts about this new surgical method, and it’s victims.
The impact of this series was enormous, with repercussions in Sweden as well as internationally. The world-famous Karolinska Institutet had up till now supported Paolo Macchiarini and his research, but in the heat following the broadcast Macchiarini was eventually fired in late March.
EPISODE 1: The Star Surgeon. When the patients began to die the critique grew against Paolo Macchiarini, a famous researcher and surgeon at the Karolinska Institute. Is he the man behind a medical scandal, with victims in many countries? Or is he the researcher who will solve one of the big enigmas in modern medicine?
EPISODE 2: Every Surgeon has his Graveyard. The TV team following the star surgeon Paolo Macchiarini are amazed by his ability to survive criticism that normally would have destroyed a researchers carreer. But the story takes an unexpected turn as the reporters get access to material that reveals hitherto unknown parts of Macchiarini’s experiments.
EPISODE 3: The Labyrinth of Truth. When Paolo Macchiarini eventually sits down in front of the camera the SVT team realise that this will be the last interview.