The Lab service dog is set to meet his future family at Christmas!
Chris Gardner’s diabetes was so severe that mild exertion could put him in a coma.
His wife, Samantha, had to give up her job to aid him.
Chris was diagnosed with diabetes in 2006. Thanks to a Lab service dog from Medical Detection Dogs he has been given a second chance in life.
The Labrador will soon help him become more independent. The Labbie can smell when Chris’s sugar level goes up. This means he can treat himself before he collapses.
The Lab can also fetch his blood sugar testing kit and an energy drink for low blood sugar or insulin if his blood sugar is too high.
If Chris does go into a coma, the Lab will hit a panic button attached to the Care on Call warden service.
Chris has not been able play with his three-year-old son, Jayden, because of his condition.
He hopes that will change once he is matched with his new Lab at Christmas.
“This dog will give me my life back and it could help to save my life,” Chris said. “At the moment I don’t like leaving the house and I can’t play with my own child in case it over-exerts me. I want to be able to play football with my son like any other dad would do.”
“My ultimate goal is to get back to work and and to play with my son,” he added.
Chris was selected by Medical Detection Dogs because of the severity of his type one diabetes.
He will be the first person in Greater Manchester to receive a specially-trained dog, which costs over $18,000 to train.
There are only 50 working medical detection dogs in the United Kingdom. They help people with health conditions ranging from cancer to narcolepsy.
On September 13, Chris and Samantha will be hosting a fundraiser for the charity.
“We are delighted to be able to provide Christopher with a medical alert assistance dog,” Dr Claire Guest, from the charity, said.
“The event being organised by Christopher and his family is a such a great contribution.”
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