How Jedi the diabetes dog saved his little boy's life
We all know dogs are a man’s best friend – but this furry feel-good story will totally prove that’s true.
Luke Nuttall, aged 7, was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes when he was 2 years old. His mum Dorrie used to check on him day and night, until she decided to bring home Jedi – a diabietic alert dog (yes, there is such a thing) who is able to monitor rising and lowering blood sugar levels through smell. In a recent Facebook post, Dorrie shared how Jedi’s persistence one night helped to save her son’s life. Incredibly, it was the dog’s nose vs the machine – and the dog was right…
She wrote: “Jedi laid on me. 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 said he was 100 steady [a stable number].
“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.”
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…
Posted by Saving Luke – Luke and Jedi – Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together on Thursday, March 3, 2016
When Jedi simply wouldn’t give up, Dorrie eventually went to see if Luke was OK. Pricking his finger to check his blood sugar levels she found it was 57 – not dangerously low, but Jedi had stopped it from falling further, which could have led to him falling into a coma.
Of the picture above, Dorrie says, “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.”
Dorrie says that her goal “is that when Luke remembers his childhood, he’s going to remember that he’s always had Jedi with him.
“These two are best friends, and they have so much fun together.”
Awwwwww, well played, Jedi!