Charity event to raise awareness of diabetes

A MOTHER whose son was critically ill in hospital as a result of undiagnosed diabetes, is keen to raise awareness of the dangers of the condition.

Jess Leadbeater, 24, of Sandwich Drive, St Leonards, feared for the life of her son Kobe, then 16 months-old, after he was rushed to the Conquest in June suffering from vomiting, paleness, rapid breathing and very high blood sugar levels.

Jess Leadbeater with son Kobe

Jess Leadbeater with son Kobe

Jess, an alcohol key worker for Action for Change, said: “He had been absolutely fine, and then had a cold and became quite unwell.

“One night he started being really drowsy and throwing up. He could have gone into a coma if we hadn’t caught it.”

Kobe was identified as suffering from Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening complication of untreated Type 1 Diabetes.

He was treated in hospital for a week, with uncertainty as to whether he would pull through in the first 24 hours.

Now back at home and healthy,Kobe’s condition requires constant management, and he now receives insulin through a canula several times a day.

Jess’s childhood friend Sally, 25, of Little Common Road, Bexhill, was rushed to hospital after collapsing in October 2012, with the same symptoms as Kobe, treated on a critical care ward for DKA, and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

After their terrifying ordeals, Jess and Sally decided to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) a charity which offers support during the initial months of worry, shock and adaptation.

Their fundraising event “One at Christmas”, a Christmas fair complete with Santa’s Grotto, stalls, entertainment, food, and information on Diabetes, will take place on nNovember 23 at St Peters Community Centre, Church Street, Old Town Bexhill, from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free.

Type 1 Diabetes is a serious condition that can be fatal if left undiagnosed or untreated.There are four symptoms that could suggest Type 1 Diabetes- frequent urination, thirst, tiredness and weight loss.