Service dog saves sleeping boy with type 1 diabetes.
A dog is being credited with sniffing out a dangerous drop in the blood-sugar level of a seven-year-old Los Angeles boy while he slept, alerting his mother and ultimately saving his life.
The child’s mother, Dorrie Nuttal, described how her son’s diabetes dog, Jedi, sat on her to wake her up. When she checked her son’s blood-sugar monitors, the levels appeared steady. But the dog would not move from the boy’s side and, when his mother finally checked the boy’s blood sugar with a finger prick test, it was dangerously low.
“This may just look like a dog, a sleeping boy and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much more. This is a picture of Jedi saving his boy. Saving him from highs and lows and from ever feeling alone,” said Dorrie
Dorrie started a Facebook page for her son Luke 4 years ago after her was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of two.
“I share the good the bad and the ugly on this page. I talk about my fears, my worries, my frustrations but also our triumphs, our achievements and how much hope I have for a better future for my son.”
Since his diagnosis Dorrie has shared every aspect of Luke’s journey – including how Jedi came to their family. Jedi came to the family as a puppy and trained him with the help of amazing professional trainers at Canine Hope for diabetics. “Having a DAD (diabetic alert dog) is a ton of work and not for everyone (and that’s ok). Luke wears a pump and a dexcom CGM, a wonderful tool I recommend to everyone,” said Dorrie.
Dorrie recently shared on Facebook the story of one nighttime incident where Jedi lived up to his name. “This is a picture of a Jedi saving his boy. Amidst a disease that does everything in its power to make life so much harder, this is a picture of loyalty and love and perseverance. A reminder that we will not let diabetes win, that we will never give up, and that we will always fight for our children.”