Australian-first operation gives seven-year-old boy hope for a healthy life

A team of South Australian surgeons, with the support and collaboration of local, national and international experts, have performed an Australian-first operation at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH).

Health Minister Jack Snelling said Australia’s first paediatric islet auto-transplant was a remarkable surgery, giving a 7 year old boy with hereditary pancreatitis a chance at a much better childhood and adult life.

“I congratulate the wonderfully talented and specialist staff involved in this pioneering surgery, which was undertaken after extensive ethical review and international consultation over an 18 month period,” Minister Snelling said.

“This operation is testament to the South Australian health system and to the courage and determination of our medical staff and scientists.”…

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