Can you live without a trachea?
Thomas was born without a trachea — the cartilaginous tube through which we breathe. The condition is called tracheal agenesis, and it is extremely rare. … Such a baby dies silently, having never drawn a breath. Only a few of these babies, and only because of extraordinary surgical interventions, have survived.
What does the trachea feel like?
Viewed in cross section, the trachea is about one inch (2.6 cm) in diameter. It has a thin, membranous wall with C-shaped rings of cartilage embedded into it. Between sixteen and twenty cartilage rings are stacked along the length of the trachea, with narrow membranous regions spaced between the cartilage rings.