Double organ transplant saves man's life


Jeffery Edwards was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999, but early last year his diabetes began to threaten his life.

He was put on dialysis three days a week, four hours each visit. The treatment was exhausting for the 53-year-old.

"Just before February 2015, I was getting tired, wasn’t feeling well, so I’d go see my doctor," said Edwards.

After he had learned the wait for a kidney would be up to 6 years, he was depressed and anxious. But then he got a life-changing phone call.

“It was two days before Christmas, and I got a phone call from Georgetown Transplant asking if I was interested in getting a pancreas in addition to my kidney,” said Edwards.

Only about 1,100 pancreatic transplants are performed each year in America, and they're usually only done on patients who have run out of options.

"On a scale of one to ten he was a nine or a ten in terms of the severity of the complications of diabetes. And that's really where they need to be in order to justify the risks of major surgery that go into having a pancreas transplant," said Dr. Peter Adams, a kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon. Continue reading
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