• Kyodo


A Chiba Prefecture hospital plans to conduct Japan’s first simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant from a live donor, doctors said Tuesday.

Sakura National Hospital in Sakura hopes to conduct the operation later this year.

A man in his 60s has volunteered to donate one of his kidneys and half of his pancreas to his daughter, who is in her 30s and suffers from diabetes and kidney failure.

The woman has a type of diabetes for which her pancreas cannot generate sufficient insulin, which lowers the blood sugar level.

There have been nine cases in Japan of simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplants from brain-dead donors.

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