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Dog Saves Boy With Diabetes' Life (Photos)

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A black Labrador saved the life of a little boy with type 1 diabetes.

Dorrie Nuttall described the terrifying situation on Facebook. It began after Nuttall fell asleep one night, with her 7-year-old son Luke right next to her. Suddenly, their dog Jedi began to sense trouble.

"Jedi jumped off the bed, then back on again, though I felt him do this I didn't wake up," Nuttall wrote in the March 4 Facebook post. "Then Jedi laid on me. I woke up. He jumped off the bed and half on and would not budge when I told him to get back up."

Nuttall soon knew that something was wrong, so she pricked her son's finger to check his blood sugar.

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"I pricked his finger and got this, 57 is way too low, and by Jedi's behavior I guarantee he was dropping fast (he is still recovering from a stomach bug and anything under 70 is low)," she wrote. "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 explained that in four and a half years, Luke has never woken up on his own when his blood sugar was low. Therefore, he relies on his mother and Jedi to help him overnight should he find himself in a scary situation.

Luke was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2.

"We don't have a single member of our family [with diabetes]," Nuttall told CBS News. "I knew nothing about it. Nothing. A lot of kids die almost at diagnosis. People don't know the warning signs."

When Jedi was 11 weeks old, he began training as a diabetic alert dog. He's able to sense Luke's high or low blood sugar by smell.

"They love each other," Nuttall said of Jedi and Luke. "I can't explain their connection; it's very strong and very beautiful."

Nuttall's Facebook post also included a photo that she took just after Jedi saved Luke's life, which garnered over 170,000 shares and 360,000 likes in four days.

"This is a picture of a Jedi saving his boy," Nuttall wrote "Amidst a disease that does everything in its power to make life so much harder, this is a picture of loyalty and love and perseverance. A reminder that we will not let diabetes win, that we will never give up, and that we will always fight for our children.

Sources: CBS News, Saving Luke/Facebook / Photo credit: WREG, Saving Luke/Facebook via CBS News

 

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