Wonder Dog May Save Diabetic Girl
A Fairview mom says a wonder dog might make the difference between life and death.
She's launched an online campaign to raise enough money to bring home a diabetic alert dog, or D.A.D.
One photo of little jade reminds mother Brittany Potts of her 3-year-old's endless battle.
"That was the night she was diagnosed, she was really sick," says Brittany Potts.
In March, Jade was in the hospital for three days. Diagnosed with Type I diabetes.
"Two days after she had been diagnosed that it had really hit me how much of a life changer this was going to be," says Potts. "There is not a cure. It's something she's going to have to deal with until there is."
Brittany says Type I diabetes doesn't run in the family and has nothing to do with Jade's diet. It's an auto immune disease.
"It attacked her pancreas and now it's dead. And that's what produces insulin," Potts explains.
So the family is constantly monitoring Jade's blood sugar levels.
"When she drops down low she can pass out, have seizures, or even die," she tells us.
On a Facebook page she created, Brittany shows us the lifesaver they haven't met. It's already considered part of the family.
Jade's been matched with a black lab named Marley.
Every day, Jade chews on cotton swabs and puts them into a jar. They're sent to Marley and used to train the dog to read Jade's sugar levels.
"The dog will smell it even before a monitor could sense it," Potts says. "The dog will come to me and alert me by pawing at my leg."
Potential peace of mind, at a time when youthful joy is shadowed by a world of worry.
"You know I set an alarm to check on her," Potts says. "Because I'm terrified."
Potts has launched a Facebook page to raise awareness and money.
It will cost $18,000 just to pay for the dog.
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