'Cured' diabetic tells of delight.
Richard Lane, 61, from Bromley, Kent, is the first person in the UK to have a fully successful islet cell transplantation in a patient with Type 1 diabetes.
Mr Lane told a national newspaper: "I haven't felt better in myself for 30 years. I have to pinch myself to ensure I am not dreaming."
He soon will no longer need the insulin he has taken since 1976 after having three transplants of islet cells from the pancreases of dead donors by a team at King's College Hospital, London.
He said: "I am now doing half an hour's brisk walk every day, and I have lost a stone and a half in six months. I am rather pleased with myself."
Diabetes consultant Prof Stephanie Amiel said: "The implications are enormous. Eventually this could mean the end of insulin dependence for all Type 1 diabetes sufferers."