VIDEO: Dog detects TX child's diabetes
POSTED: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 2:22pm
TEXAS (CNN) — A volunteer project turned into a life saving event for a Texas family. The family was playing with diabetic alert dogs, when one of the animals detected its playmate had the disease.
Ever since school let out for summer, Lakenyan Carter has joined his parents in volunteering at Drey's Alert Dogs. He plays with the puppies and walks the big dogs around in the field.
While Lakenyan and other children socialize the puppies, the older dogs at Drey's are being trained as diabetic alert dogs. The dogs are trained to paw at a diabetic person when they can smell that their sugar hits dangerous levels above 180 or below 80.
And to Kenyatta Carter's surprise, Thursday morning a dog named Marshall was pawing at her son.
The Carter family was confused, they had never suspected their seven year old of having diabetes. Kenyatta took her son to the doctor and he was in fact diagnosed with the disease.
Those who benefit most from alert dogs are people with type one diabetes. Kenyatta is waiting on test results to find out what form her son has.
But, she's so thankful that this four-legged friend was able to save her son from a dangerous situation.