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Mississippi Doctors Perform The First In-state Pancreas Transplant

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 13 Dec 2013 05:20pm | comments
Paul Davis

A Mississippi man has received a life saving procedure for the first time in the state. Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and pancreas into a man who was facing diabetes related Kidney failure As MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports .

49-year old Paul Davis has lived with type-1 diabetes since he was 9 years old.

"Checking my blood sugar 8 times a day for the last 15 years. Giving 4 to 5 shots a day. Doing dialysis," Davis said.

Unpredictable diabetes related blackouts caused Davis to have multiple car wrecks and violent encounters with police.

But that will all change now that he is the first Mississippian to receive a pancreas transplant at UMMC.

"Thats a big relief off of me knowing I am not going down hill I am picking myself back up," Davis said.

The surgery, which happened earlier this month, is also the first time that a pancreas and a kidney have been transplanted at the same time.

Davis's case is very specific, and pancreas transplants only work on type-one diabetics with severe complications.

But UMMC doctor Mark Earl says for those Mississippians it is a big step.

"Its not for everybody that is for sure. It is not for all diabetics. Even not all diabetics with end stage renal disease. but there a re a select group of patients, such as Mr. Davis, who very clearly this will have not only a life prolonging impact but also a significant quality of life impact as well,: Earl said.

Davis is not the only person saved by the organ donor, Kevin Stump with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency says five separate organs were transplanted from one person at the hospital.

"A heart was transplanted into an individual. A liver was transplanted into an individual. The other kidney was transplanted into an individual and then Mr. Davis got the Kidney/pancreas. And the lungs from this donor were also transplanted into an individual at another transplant center," Stump said.

The hospital can now perform liver, kidney and pancreas transplants.

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