Dog Saves the Life of a Sleeping Boy with Type 1 Diabetes

When Jedi, the Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD), sensed that his best friend was in danger, he knew that he had to act fast.

It was the middle of the night and both 7-year-old Luke and his mother, Dorrie Nuttall, were fast asleep. Jedi sensed that Luke’s gluclose level was low, so he jumped on Nuttall’s bed and laid on top of her until she woke up.

When Nuttall stumbled out of bed, half asleep, she pricked Luke’s finger and found that Luke’s glucose level was at just 57mg/dl – an extremely low level.

“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 wrote in viral Facebook post March 4th.

This may just look like a dog, a sleeping boy and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much…

Posted by Saving Luke – Luke and Jedi – Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together on Thursday, March 3, 2016

After giving Luke a glucose tab and monitoring him closely, Nuttall decided to reflect on the scary moment. “This is a picture of Jedi saving his boy,” she wrote. “We are his safety net. He goes to bed every night, and although he doesn’t know it he relies 100% on us to keep him safe overnight. That’s why we check his blood sugar overnight, every night, and we have every tool, every monitor, and have spent everyday of the last 3 years training Jedi to alert to highs and lows.”

“Type 1 diabetes is relentless and we need as much help as we can get.”

At just 11 weeks old, Jedi began training as a Diabetic Alert Dog. Now, Jedi can use his nose to identify warning signs.

When Jedi senses that Luke’s glucose levels are too high or too low, he he been trained to bow, an action that alerts Luke’s family, friends and teachers to check Luke’s blood sugar levels.

While Jedi is extensively trained, he is no “Jedi Master.” And according to his owner, Dorrie Nuttall, that’s OK. “Even after 3 ½ years of extensive training, Jedi misses some alerts. He is a living breathing creature – he is not perfect.”

Jedi may not be a perfect alert dog, but he is everything to his best friend, Luke.

“[Jedi’s] alerts often beat the meters and he saves Luke from lots of the crummy feelings and health issues that go along with each. But Jedi’s job goes beyond alerting, he also saves Luke from being alone, from being scared; he is his constant companion,” Nuttall shared on Facebook.