When Sadie was born in 2012, her parents were expecting a healthy baby. They had no reason to believe this wouldn’t be the case.
But just seconds after her birth, Sadie’s parents understood that something was seriously wrong.
Michelle, Sadie’s mom, watched her daughter get rushed away to another hospital to get the care she needed to survive.
One week later, they found out that Sadie had Downs syndrome.
After two months in intensive care they could finally take their daughter home. But their happiness was short lived.
Just a few months later Sadie had to go to intensive care for a heart operation. That’s when they found out that she had Type 1 diabetes, Michelle writes on Go Fund Me.
The parents fought hard to keep control of Sadie’s blood sugar levels. If they were too high or too low it could be life threatening.
It was a constant concern, until one day they brought home a new family member, labrador Hero.
Everyone knows that dogs have a great sense of smell. But did you know that their sense of smell is so good that they can tell if blood sugar levels are dangerously abnormal?
One day Sadie was in her classroom in Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills when Hero, who was at home, started to act strange.
Hero, who’s usually a very calm dog, was barking so much that Michelle became worried.
She got in touch with Sadie’s teacher and asked if she could check her daughter’s blood sugar, reports news channel KUTV.
It was completely normal. But Hero continued to bark. Just 30 minutes later the teacher took another look at Sadie’s blood sugar level. It had sunk from 122 to 82.
If Sadie’s blood sugar gets too low she could end up in a coma. In the worst case, she could die.
Hero had sensed the threatening situation from miles away, long before it could be registered.
Hero’s trainer, KC Owens explains that labradors have hundreds of thousand of receptors in their noses, which makes them the best candidates for this life saving job.
No one knows exactly how Hero sensed Sadie’s dangerous blood sugar levels when she was so far away.
We’re glad that she did. She’s a real hero.
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