Tullahoma Teen Makes Medical History

A medical breakthrough involving a Tullahoma teen has anyone with Type One Diabetes feeling hopeful. This teen recently learned she made medical history and her willingness to participate in a medical trial could save the health of thousands of other kids like her.

Emalee Mansfield’s health didn’t come without science and sacrifice. Her mom, Lisa Mansfield, explains the dire medical prognosis, “They told us that she had about an 85% chance of developing Type 1 Diabetes within a year.”

The Mansfield’s already have one child with the disease. Their youngest son Samuel was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 4. Emalee Mansfield says, “It was scary when we first found out of it. It was like what are we going to do? We have to watch Samuel all the time.”

Type 1, also known as Juvenile Diabetes, is an auto immune disease that attacks the pancreas. Lisa Mansfield says, “If we could keep her from having Type 1, it’s worth it.”

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