First islet cell transplant performed at Cincinnati Children's - Cincinnati Children's Blog

First islet cell transplant performed at Cincinnati Children’s

12-year-old Mallory Crum of Kentucky was the first Cincinnati Children’s patient to receive a rare islet cell transplant. For over a year, Crum suffered from severe pain caused by chronic pancreatitis. Crum was referred to Dr. Maisam Abu-El-Haija, clinical director of the Pancreas Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

When medication failed to relieve Crum’s symptoms, pediatric transplant surgeon Dr. Jaimie Nathan and his team removed Crum’s pancreas and took the islet cells necessary for survival and blood sugar control out of the pancreas and inserted them into Crum’s liver.

WKRC Local 12 shows us how the 12-year-old is recovering and how the surgery is paving the way for similar procedures at Cincinnati Children’s.

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