Chloe Thay (12) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2014 and also has hypoglycaemia unawareness, meaning she does not experience symptoms that her blood sugars are low, which could result in a loss of consciousness or even coma.
She has been accepted to receive a diabetic alert dog from Queensland-based Smart Pups and the family now have to raise $20,000 to cover its training for the next 12 to 18 months.
Her mother Joanne said the dog would be able to detect a hypo or hyperglycaemic episode before it happened.
“The dog can smell changes in their blood,” she said.
“It can smell it 40 minutes before Chloe even knows and alerts Chloe so she can adjust herself. It just gives us a bit more peace of mind.”
Mrs Thay said Chloe received insulin injections three times per day as well as at night and had to check her blood glucose levels before and after every meal and exercise.
She also has to be tested a couple of times during the night.
“It can happen that quick; she has to carry an emergency pack and has an ID necklace on her at all times.”
“It’s changed her life and it’s changed our lives completely as well.”
Mrs Thay said the dog would provide reassurance, especially for Chloe.
“Ever since she’s been diagnosed, she’s been suffering from anxiety,” she said.
“She’s a bit worried about going to sleep at night. It will put her mind at ease that there’s something there that’s going to alert her.”
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