When Dr. Ricordi was congratulated on Facebook for winning the award, he was very thankful for the praise and the award, and modestly said:
Being able to serve a wounded warrior who risked his life to defend us all, I can think of no better way to spend Thanksgiving.Dr. Jindal removed Tre's pancreas, flew it to Dr. Ricordi at the Diabetes Research Institute on a 6 hour flight where Dr. Ricordi and his team worked hard to remove the islet cells from the pancreas and fly them back to Dr. Jindal in time to transplant them into Tre's liver with the help of Dr. Ricordi via internet communications, ultimately saving his life of constant blood sugar checks, insulin injections, and long term complications associated with Type 1 Diabetes.
Dr. Ricordi, Dr. Jindal, and their teams paved the way for the future of Type 1 Diabetes, and brought the world one step closer to finding a cure.
Sadly, Senior Airman Tre Porfirio died November 28, 2010. The cause of death is still unknown. He will be missed by many, thanked for generations to come for his bravery both on and off the battlefield, and has helped to bring a whole new definition of hope to the diabetes community.
To read more about Senior Airman Tre Porfirio, click here.
To read more about the Diabetes Research Institute, Dr. Ricordi, and his team, click here
Thank you, again, Dr. Ricordi & your team for all you do for those of us who live with Type 1 Diabetes. Your efforts, dedication, and friendly personalities truly make me believe that the DRI is "The Best Hope For A Cure!"