August 17, 2009 --
A suburban girl with a rare from of diabetes has inspired a new law in Illinois. It's called Lilly's Law and it's designed to help track rare cases of diabetes across the state. Several years ago, doctors discovered Lilly Jaffe suffered from a form of diabetes caused by a genetic mutation. She is now able to take pills to treat her condition rather than using an insulin pump.
Illinois Representative Tom Cross worked with the University of Chicago to set up a three-year pilot program to establish a registry for children with this condition.
The law will require Illinois physicians to report certain information to the Department of Public Health if a child is diagnosed with diabetes before 12 months of age.