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Fremont, NE: 8 yr old with Type 1 diabetes takes therapy dog to school

Jan 25, 2020, Fremont (NE) Tribune: Diabetes alert dog is helping Fremont girl Alleecia McElroy has a constant friend in Jasmine. And Jasmine has the ability to help save the little girl’s life. Alleecia, who’s 8 years old and lives in Fremont, has Type 1 diabetes. About two years ago, Alleecia’s family began working to raise the $15,000 needed to get her a Diabetes Alert Dog that can provide a warning if the girl’s blood sugar level goes too high or too low. Fremont Cosmopolitan Club 100 and the Cosmopolitan’s international organization helped secure the last $2,000 needed…. Alleecia was 6 years old when she was diagnosed with diabetes. At the time, she hadn’t been feeling well. “We thought it was a cold and then she got really lethargic and couldn’t really stay awake,” her mom said. Tests at Methodist Fremont Health hospital indicated Alleecia’s blood sugar level was over 500, which is very high, Amber said. Alleecia was taken to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, where she was diagnosed and stayed about five days. She was placed on insulin and IV fluids. She remains on insulin and her blood sugar levels are checked. … A coach at Alleecia’s school told her family about another child being helped by a diabetes alert dog….


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