Luke Nuttall, a 7-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes, was fast asleep when his blood sugar plummeted to a dangerously low level.
His whole family was asleep, but his black Labrador “Jedi” could sense that Luke’s blood sugar was low, so he jumped up on top of his mother, Jodi, to alert her. When she pricked her son’s finger to take a test, she found his glucose level was only 57 mg/dl.
“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,” Nutall said in a Facebook post.
She’s been sharing the story of her son and his service dog on Facebook to raise awareness for type 1 diabetes, which only 5 percent of people with diabetes have.
“We don’t have a single member of our family [with diabetes]. I knew nothing about it. Nothing,” she told CBS News. “A lot of kids die almost at diagnosis. People don’t know the warning signs.”
Jedi, a diabetic alert dog, started training with Luke when he was just 11 weeks old — now, he can smell when his companion’s blood sugar goes too low or two high. He also helps alleviate Luke’s anxiety with furry cuddles.
“They love each other,” said Nutall. “I can’t believe their connection; it’s very strong and very beautiful.”