Following the tragic death of their 5-year-old daughter, Kycie Jai Terry's parents are warning of the dangers of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes.
In January 2015, Kycie told her parents, Jamie and Josh Terry, that she had a stomach ache and a sore throat. Assuming their daughter had come down with the flu, they took Kycie to the doctor who sent her home with antibiotics to treat strep throat, Diabetes.co.uk reported.
When the antibiotics failed to help Kycie, and her parents realized her symptoms were getting worse, she was transferred to a children's hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. On the way to the hospital, she had a seizure. Her blood sugar was 63.8 mmol/l.
When she arrived at the hospital, Kycie experienced diabetic ketoacidosis and went into a coma. Doctors discovered the original diagnosis of strep throat was highly inaccurate, and she was finally diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after being untreated for five days, according to LittleThings.
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Kycie woke up from her coma after about 24 hours and was in and out of the hospital for several months. She fought hard, but tragically passed away on July 11, 2015 in her father's arms.
The Terry family hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes. Jamie and Josh started a Kisses For Kycie Facebook page, which pays tribute to their daughter and raises awareness for Type 1 diabetes. More than 67,000 people have liked the page, and more than $55,000 has been raised in a fundraising campaign for the family.