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Indiana Woman First In U.S. To Get ‘Artificial Pancreas’

An Indiana woman is in line to receive the device, which the Food and Drug Administration approved last month.

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Photo: Medtronic

The Medtronic insulin pump has been dubbed an "artificial pancreas."

A southern Indiana woman will be the first in the U.S. to get a device dubbed an artificial pancreas for people with diabetes.

Petersburg resident Fran Lewis learned last month she was to get the Medtronic device which looks like a pager.

“I’ve known about it because I jokingly asked my doctor if I could run over to England and get this device and come home,” she says.

It was approved just last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A similar device was already approved in Europe.

The mechanism relies on a computer algorithm which syncs the results of a continuous reading of the wearer’s glucose levels with a pump that provides appropriate amounts of insulin.

Lewis says the new pump will allow her to enjoy life more and worry less about her ever changing blood sugar levels, which can be extremely volatile.

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