Dog saves diabetic boy’s life

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Dogs are great to hang out and play catch with, but some dogs are much more than just a nice furry companion to have around. If properly trained for certain situations, they can also potentially save lives, and that is exactly what Jedi, the black lab, did for his owner.

Luke Nuttall suffers from Type-1 diabetes which is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas doesn’t create insulin. Blood sugars can quickly drop too low (hypoglycemia) or become too high (hyperglycemia). In order to monitor sugar levels Luke needs to be monitored 10-15 times during the day and 2-3 times throughout the night. If a drop in levels is not caught in time, it is very easy for Luke to fall into a coma and potentially die.

Luke was diagnosed at the age of 2 and is now 7-years old. He has his dog, Jedi, who is not only a wonderful companion and comfort to him, but also keeps a close nose on Luke’s sugar levels. Jedi is a Diabetic Alert Dog who can monitor blood sugar levels by smell.

Usually the dog will bring a device to Dorris, Luke's mother, which indicates his blood sugar levels should be checked, and then he bows. If they are high, Jedi will bring the device and wave. In order to normalize levels, Luke will then receive either glucose tablets or is injected with insulin.

Recently while Luke was sleeping, Jedi alerted Dorrie, that Luke needed help by getting her attention and bowing. Luke’s machine that normally monitors him stopped functioning properly and he needed help. Jedi jumped on Dorrie’s bed and tried to get her attention. She quickly knew something wasn’t right and pricked Luke’s finger to check his sugar levels. They were dangerously low and quickly dropping. Thankfully she helped him in time and he is doing fine.

"Five minutes before I took this picture we were all asleep. No alarms were going off, no one was checking blood, no one was thinking about diabetes... but thankfully we have a Jedi." Dorrie wrote on social media. She has a blog that she regularly updates where she shares Luke’s journey with diabetes.

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