Nearly 20 years have passed since Patricia Watford found a new lease on life thanks to a double transplant operation.

After a life full of medical problems, Watford’s life took a dramatic turn in March of 1998 when an 11-hour medical procedure successfully replaced a kidney and pancreas.

Her kidneys were ravaged from years of juvenile diabetes, which was diagnosed when Watford was just seven years old. Still, she managed to lead a good life, until 1996 when diabetes caused her to lose her eyesight. By the time she was 30, the diabetes also caused her to lose all kidney function and she had to begin regular dialysis treatments.

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