New Pancreas, No More Diabetes

December 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Every day, 40 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with type one diabetes. As many as three million people in the U.S. alone. It's an autoimmune disease. The body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Some patients are able to manage with a daily insulin regimen, but for others, complications like kidney failure can be life-threatening. Here, we discuss a surgery that cured a young woman of her diabetes - and changed her life.