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'Cured' diabetic tells of delight.

The diabetic patient "cured" thanks to a groundbreaking cell transplant procedure has spoken of his euphoria after 30 years of living with the illness.

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."
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2005
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