When Aiden Heath was just 4-years-old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which meant that he would have to rely on insulin injections for the rest of his life to stay alive. The news devastated Aiden, and his mother Jenni Heath, but from that moment, they decided to fight back and not let his disease effect how they were going to move forward. For the Heath family, that meant employing some very special help from a service dog that would help alert Aiden when his blood sugar levels became too low.
People suffering from diabetes can have faint spells when they forget to take daily insulin injections. Service dogs help alert them when they notice sudden changes in their behavior indicating low blood sugar, and can even sense when a sufferers blood pressure drops 20 minutes before it happens.
For this reason, alert dogs are expensive due to the intense training they receive, and can range anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000, something the Heath family couldn’t afford. And so Aiden got to work saving every single penny he earned quite literally since age 4, until he had $2,000 dollars, enough to drop a deposit on a service dog. ABC News has the remarkable story below:
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