Australian boy first in world to get an artificial pancreas

A YOUNG West Australian boy with diabetes has become the first in the world to get a new artificial pancreas.

The boy, four-year-old Xavier Hames, was diagnosed with diabetes at 22 months old and was recently given the new artificial "insulin pump system" to mimic the function of a normal pancreas.

Princess Margaret Hospital's Professor Tim Jones, who worked on the Australian research that led to the creation of the pump, said it was the first time doctors were able to prevent hypoglycemic attacks that can cause death and seizures.

The pump system can track glucose levels in the blood and shut off insulin half an hour before a hypoglycemic attack, helping to prevent the attack.

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