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Medical premiere in Romania: artificial pancreas implant

Doctors will test the first artificial pancreas that will be implanted in a 34-year-old woman that had diabetes and was dependent on insulin for the last ten years, Professor Irinel Popescu, director of the Fundeni General Surgery and Hepatic Transplant Centre, announced on Tuesday. Irinel Popescu pointed out that this is the first time this implant is attempted in Romania and the second time in the world. Professor Constantin Ionescu Targoviste pointed out that the device will be implanted in a 34-year-old woman that is dependent on insulin, that has a child and that would like to have another one. According to him, the costs of the intervention are very high, around EUR 200,000, but will be covered by a consortium that includes Germany, Israel, US and Romania. He pointed out that the patient will revert to the initial treatment if the surgery is a success.

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