Monash Health Foundation launched their latest appeal this week, raising important funds to help improve the lives of children living with Type 1 diabetes.
Almost half of all Victorian children diagnosed with diabetes are cared for by the team at Monash Children’s Hospital, with the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes providing care for more than 800 children under 19 years of age with diabetes.
We are appealing to the community to raise funds to support a Flexible Insulin Dosing Program over a period of 12 months, which aims to significantly improve the quality of life for children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes.
Our generous donors will learn about seventeen-month old Nate, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, when the appeal lands in their letterboxes in the coming days.
Nate went from a happy, energetic toddler to lethargic and unwell in a matter of days. It was quickly discovered he was living with Type 1 Diabetes, and experiencing a potentially life-threatening complication known as diabetic ketoacidosis.
Nate was quickly airlifted to Monash Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he received the critical care he required.
Over the following days, Nate’s parents were provided extensive support and education by the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes before they were able to return home. However, their Type 1 diabetes journey was just beginning, with Nate requiring four insulin injections every day and finger pricks at 2am each morning.
Six weeks later, the team at Monash Children’s Hospital were able to make managing Nate’s diabetes easier by providing Nate with a glucose monitor, meaning he now only requires a finger prick when the alarm goes off.
“We are so grateful for the treatment we received from the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and their ongoing support. The care at Monash Children’s Hospital has been truly exceptional,” said Natasha.
You have the power to help change the lives of children, like Nate, living with diabetes by donating to Monash Children’s Hospital’s Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes today: