Child With Type 1 Diabetes Allergic To The Insulin Shots Was Slowly Dying Until One Email Changed Her Life
October 2, 2018 16:17 By Fabiosa
In the United States, more than 15,000 children have type 1 diabetes. It is considered to be one of the most common chronic diseases in kids.
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It is not known why some children diagnosed with this disease, while others don’t. Their lives will have to be carefully monitored and they will always need insulin to manage their blood sugars. But what to do when you are allergic to the one thing that keeps you alive?
An incredible story of Emmy Reeves
At 13, Emmy got a chance of a new life. Just months ago she was struggling to survive as she was diagnosed with a very rare condition. Emmy had type 1 diabetes but she was allergic to the medicine that kept her alive – insulin shots.
She was given a number of drugs to make her allergic reaction less intense but they made her sleep for 20 hours a day with the remaining possibility of dying. The injections felt like fire. Emmy’s parents couldn’t even hug her because the pain was so intense.
The little girl had suffered for 9 years. The enormous amount of medication made her struggle to remember things. Her quality of life was getting lower and lower. Emmy’s parents weren’t looking for a cure from diabetes, they just wanted to find a way to manage it that would not threaten their daughter’s life.
They tried to do everything they could but nothing seemed to work until the desperate dad wrote to Dr. Raja Kandaswamy, one of the nation's pre-eminent pancreas transplant surgeons.
That life-changing email led to the nation's sole pancreas transplant of a child this young in almost 25 years. And the result? Emmy cured of her diabetes.
What does insulin allergy mean for people with type 1 diabetes?
If a child with type 1 diabetes has an allergic reaction to insulin shots, it is very important to run all needed test to be sure it was the exact cause of the reaction.
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For people with this disease, insulin is necessary for survival, so to stop taking it is not an option. The doctor will assign a course of treatments which can vary depending on the severity of the reaction. Sometimes, giving small doses can help, or simply switching to another type of insulin.