Luke Nuttall, a 7-year-old boy from Glendale, California has faced what only 5 percent of diabetics deal with. He has type 1 diabetes that means constant monitoring, pain, needles and endless fear.
It's been five years since Luke's diagnosis stunned everyone, but his family is well aware of how much he needed them to be strong. When the family adopted 11-week-old Jedi, life got way easier.
Jedi is a diabetic alert dog, who tells Luke's parents when their son's blood sugar levels rise or fall.
Jedi has been trained to smell blood sugar spikes and dips, so he is able to alert Luke's mother to such changes with 98 percent accuracy. Luke's Facebook page reads:
"Jedi saves Luke from feelings of inferiority and health problems, but Jedi's job goes beyond just being on duty. He also saves Luke from loneliness, from fear, and he is his faithful companion."
Luke's mother Dorrie Nuttall, 37, is acutely attuned to Jedi's signals. When the boy's blood sugar is too low, Jedi bows, and when it's too high, the dog lifts his paw up or down to signal the change.
Nuttall has recently shared a frightening story that shows the seriousness of type 1 diabetes.
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"Jedi jumped off the bed, then back on again, though I felt him do this I didn't wake up," she wrote on Facebook. "Then Jedi laid on me. I woke up...without Jedi I would have had no idea that he was dropping out of a safe range."
"There's no constant anxiety, no one checks the blood, no one thinks about diabetes in those moments when we're just living our normal lives... When we let our minds away from diabetes, but the disease has power and events can develop very quickly, but luckily we have Jedi."
Luke's dog is on duty 24/7. The bond between them is so incredible that it seems unbelievable.
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