• Kyodo


A group of doctors is asking for permission to remove insulin-producing cells from the pancreas of a brain-dead person for transplantation into a diabetes patient, sources said.

The group is considering performing the procedure on about 20 diabetes patients over two years if permission is granted to use brain-dead donors. The health ministry will be asked to designate the practice as an advanced medical treatment so insurance can be obtained to cover some of the costs, the sources said.

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