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Doctors ‘Cure’ Wounded Soldier’s Diabetes With Experimental Surgery | Diabetes News Hound | January 8, 2010

Doctors performed an experimental, but successful surgery on a wounded serviceman that they believe may lead to a permanent cure for diabetes, according to a recent article published by the Miami Herald.

Airman Tre F. Porfirio, 21, was shot in the back while fighting in Afghanistan. His pancreas and several other organs were severely wounded. Doctors had to remove his pancreas, which can lead to a severe form of diabetes. The pancreas is responsible for insulin production, the enzyme that controls the body’s blood sugar levels.

The damaged pancreas was removed and flown to the University of Miami where doctors salvaged insulin-producing cells from the damaged organ. The cells were then flown back and transplanted into Porfirio’s liver.

Three weeks after the procedure, the transplanted cells are producing insulin. However, doctors are giving Porfirio insulin as well because they do not want to put excess strain on the newly transplanted cells. Doctors say the transplanted cells will develop their own blood vessels in a matter of weeks.

via Doctors ‘Cure’ Wounded Soldier’s Diabetes With Experimental Surgery | Diabetes News Hound.

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