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You can help change the lives of children with diabetes!

…In early 2021, seventeen month old Nate suddenly became extremely lethargic and wouldn’t eat. All he wanted to do was sleep.

It was discovered that Nate had Type 1 Diabetes and was quickly airlifted to Monash Children’s Hospital as he was experiencing a life-threatening complication of diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis.

His terrified parents said that if were not for the intervention of Monash Children’s Hospital, they shudder to think what could be.

Nate’s parents, Daniel and Natasha met with a variety of people working at the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes as well as a social worker to help them cope with Nate’s diagnosis. They were taught how to manage Nate’s diet; how to give finger pricks; how to administer his insulin injections and how to monitor his glucose levels.

Though Nate was allowed to go home by day 7, his family’s journey is ongoing as his parents administer him with four insulin injections per day. When they first got home from the hospital, Natasha and Daniel also had to check Nate’s glucose levels at 2am each night.

Fortunately, within six weeks, they were given a glucose monitor by the Monash Children’s Hospital. Now the finger prick is only required when the alarm goes off on the monitor.

Both Natasha and Daniel have said “We are so grateful for the treatment they received from the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and their ongoing support.  
The care at Monash Children’s Hospital has truly been exceptional”.

Nate is just one example of hundreds of children who have admitted to Monash Children’s Hospital with diabetes. 

Nearly half of the children diagnosed with diabetes in Victoria every year are managed at Monash Children’s Hospital. Last year we had 170 new patients under 19 years of age. The Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes looks after more than 800 children with diabetes in this age group, an increase from 550 ten years ago.

They are diagnosed, assessed and ongoing management is provided including assistance and education for patients to help them manage their diabetes at home.

My son, Jake, was admitted to Monash Health emergency at the age of three and was quickly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Since that moment we have had the most outstanding treatment from the Paediatric Endocrinology Team. The Diabetes Educators took us under their wing immediately and guided us step by step through a very difficult and stressful time of our lives. The team have been accessible at all times all the way through our diabetes journey. Without their empathy and knowledge, I don’t know where we would be. I will be forever grateful to the Monash doctors and educators that literally saved my son’s life. They have been there guiding and treating my son with the highest level of care. To know that such a knowledgeable team is there for any type of diabetes concern has been one of our biggest comforts”. 

Kerrie, Jake’s mother

Your gift today can help so many children and adolescents.

By donating today, you have the power to help change the lives of children living with diabetes.

"We have had the most outstanding treatment from the Paediatric Endocrinology Team

In a matter of 24 hours, the lives of seventeen-month-old Nate and his family changed completely...

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