Hero dog saves the life of sleeping boy with diabetes

By Samantha Luiz
12 March 2016

Jedi, a family’s beloved dog has been hailed a hero after it saved the life its 7-year-old owner with type 1 diabetes.

Jedi, a family’s beloved dog has been hailed a hero after it saved the life his seven-year-old owner with type 1 diabetes.

On March 3, the dog came to the timely rescue when Dorrie Nuttal and her son Luke were fast asleep.

In the course of the night, the young boy’s sugar levels dropped significantly.

"No alarms were going off, no one was checking blood, no one was thinking about diabetes, and it's in those moments when our guards are down, when we are just living life, when we let our minds drift from diabetes, that it has the upper hand-and things can get scary very fast," explains Dorrie in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 180 000 times.

Fortunately, the family has Jedi.

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The dog, who is especially trained to sense when Luke’s blood glucose levels become dangerously low, quickly realised what was happening.

As he was trained to do, Jedi jumped off the bed and then back on, alerting her to the situation.

When jumping on the bed didn't wake Dorrie up, he lay on top of her.

"I woke up. He jumped off the bed and half on and would not budge when I told him to get back up. I got out of bed, he bowed, Luke's CGM [Continuous Glucose Monitoring] said he was 100 steady.

"So I told Jedi we would watch and see, he bowed again (bowing is his low alert), I told him to get up on the bed, he held his ground didn't budge, he refused."

That's when Dorrie realized that Jedi meant business and she began to think clearer.

"I suddenly was fully awake and I knew there was an issue. I pricked his finger and got this, 57 is way too low, and by Jedi's behavior I guarantee he was dropping fast (he is still recovering from a stomach bug and anything under 70 is low)," wrote the mother.

This photo was taken just after Jedi alerted Dorrie about her son's deteriorating condition. PHOTO: Facebook This photo was taken just after Jedi alerted Dorrie about her son's deteriorating condition. PHOTO: Facebook

She went on to share how, despite Luke laying "just inches" from her, without Jedi she would never have known his sugar levels were dangerously low.

"He has never woken up on his own for a low in over 4 and a half years. We are his safety net, he goes to bed every night, and although he doesn't know it he relies 100% on us to keep him safe overnight.

"That's why we check his blood sugar overnight, every night, and we have every tool, every monitor, and have spent everyday of the last 3 years training Jedi to alert to highs and lows, because type 1 diabetes is relentless and we need as much help as we can get."

Sources: aol.com, facebook.com

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