Isla Robinson is a very special little girl. At four years old she might not be old enough to understand it, but on Wednesday she made scientific history.

Isla was the first person in the world to be injected with blood stored from her umbilical cord when she was born in an effort to prevent her developing type 1 diabetes.

Researchers hope the blood, rich in immune cells, will help reboot her immune system to prevent the condition, which occurs when the body attacks and kills its own insulin-producing cells.

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