Donor islet cells cure diabetes after transplant


Marni Jameson and Orlando Sentinel
LA Times
June 7, 2011

The year before Lori Martin received an experimental islet cell transplant that enabled the type 1 diabetic to get off insulin, she was found unresponsive twice — first on an airplane and then in her hotel room.

“My family was on constant alert,” said the 49-year-old Orlando mother.

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Today, Martin is one of fewer than 1,000 type 1 diabetics worldwide who have received a pancreatic islet cell transplant, an experimental cure for diabetes.

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