A MAN who made medical history is coming to the region to give a talk on his battle with diabetes.

Richard Lane, 61, was the recipient of Britain's first fully-successful islet cell transplant.

Two other transplants had been performed, but only achieved partial success, with the two recipients still needing small doses of insulin.

After a long battle with Type 1 diabetes, Mr Lane has now come off insulin.

And he will be discussing his struggle with the condition at the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington, on Tuesday, October 25. He will be giving talks at 6.30pm and 9pm.

Linda Wood, regional manager for Diabetes UK, the charity which funded Mr Lane's transplant, said: "Richard is a shining example of what Diabetes UK research can achieve."

Tickets are free, but need to be booked on (01325) 488606