A Labrador service dog is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a sleeping diabetic boy.
This week, Dorrie Nuttall was sleeping a few inches away from her 7-year-old son when Jedi, a black Labrador, jumped on the bed and laid on top of her until she woke up.
“Luke was laying right next to me, just inches from me, and without Jedi I would have had no idea that he was dropping out of a safe range,” Nuttall posted on Facebook.
Jedi, who is a trained Diabetes Alert Dog, sensed Luke’s blood sugar was alarmingly low. When Nuttall tested her son’s blood she discovered his glucose level was 57 mg/dl – a low level.
It was at that moment that things got “scary very fast.”
Luke was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only 2 years-old. According to the American Diabetes Association, type 1 Diabetes affects only 5 percent diabetics.
The concerned mother shared her son’s story on Facebook to show the incredible bond between the boy and his service dog.
Luke may have tools, monitors and a continuous glucose monitoring system inserted under his skin to track his blood sugar levels but perhaps his most useful alarm system is someone he can call his best friend: his dog Jedi.
Jedi began training as a Diabetic Alert Dog at just 11 weeks old. Today, nearly five years later, the Labrador uses only his nose to identify the warning signs.
Whether it’s in school, the doctor or the front yard, Jedi keeps an eye and nose on Luke.
When Luke has low levels, Jedi brings Nuttall a bringsel – a device a dog uses to signal the need for the diabetic to check blood sugar – and bows. When the boy has high levels, Jedi brings the device and waves.
With type 1 diabetes, Lukes have both highs and lows every day.
“[Jedi’s] alerts often beat the meters and he saves Luke from lots of the crummy feelings and health issues that go along with each. But Jedi’s job goes beyond alerting, he also saves Luke from being alone, from being scared; he is his constant companion,” Nuttall said on Facebook.