Kidney Pancreas Recipients
The University of Maryland is home to one of the most active pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplant programs in the country. A pancreas transplant is the best option for a long-term cure for Type 1 diabetes.
Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney (SPK) Transplantation is when a patient has a combined kidney and pancreas organ transplantation from a single deceased organ donor, curing both renal failure and diabetes in one operation. In addition to insulin dependent diabetic patients (Type 1), select patients with components of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (Type 2) are considered appropriate candidates for this procedure.
Pamela Newell, Lynchburg, VA
Pamela Newell was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child and had been enduring daily insulin shots for years. When her kidneys began to fail from her diabetes, she began researching transplant options to support her failing kidneys and cure her diabetes. Read Pamela's story.
Gary Fritz, Littletown, PA
Gary Fritz had been living with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis for 20 years. Multiple daily injections and blood sugar tests interfered with his normal routines. Gary began falling asleep at work as a heavy equipment operator. His local physician in Littletown, PA referred him to the transplant team at UMMC where he was added to the transplant wait list. Within three months, Gary received a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant to restore his kidney function and cure him of diabetes forever. The Division of Transplantation at UMMC is one of only a handful of centers to perform simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Watch Gary's video.
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