Diabetes Patient Hails 'Life Changing' Cell Transplants

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People with type 1 diabetes often have problems managing their blood sugar and as a result can collapse without warning when their blood sugar is low, known as hypoglycaemic unawareness.

The transplant process involves the complex preparation of islets extracted from a deceased donor's pancreas. These are then injected into diabetes patients at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh's transplant unit, allowing them to then make their own blood sugar.

Mrs Duncan, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes more than 30 years ago and had been injecting insulin up to four times a day, said: "Before this treatment I felt absolutely helpless, as I had no awareness of my blood sugar levels or if I was about to collapse".

This is excellent news for people suffering from Diabetes and gives hope for the future.  This also demonstrates how important research is and what amazing results can be achieved.

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Patricia Wakeford
Solicitor – Clinical Negligence Team.

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