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This is how a family dog saved a seven-year-old boy’s life while his parents slept

The word ‘miracle’ is thrown around a lot these days – a last-gasp goal in a football match, a bizarre new fat-burning pill, that time I dropped my iPhone and caught it with my foot – but this story right here, this is a miracle.

The Nuttall family were all fast asleep and Luke, who suffers from serious chronic disease Type 1 Diabetes, nor his parents, were aware of the danger the seven-year-old was in.

The machine that monitors Luke’s blood-sugar levels, a continuous glucose monitor, indicated that nothing was wrong – but Jedi, the Nuttall’s black labrador knew better.

Sensing something was wrong with Luke, he tried to wake up the parents.

Jedi jumped on the bed, then off again – but they weren’t responding.

So he thumped on the mattress, but still nothing.

He then lay on top of Dorrie and finally woke her from her sleep.

Jedi had been trained to sense when Luke’s glucose levels were low, so she checked the monitor – but everything looked fine.

The labrador kept bowing (his signal that Luke’s blood sugar was low).

“Then I knew he meant business,” Dorrie wrote in a Facebook post.

“The sleepy fog started to wear off and I began to think clearer. I suddenly was fully awake and I knew there was an issue.”

When she pricked Luke’s finger, his reading was half of what the monitor said – a dangerously low 3.167 mmol (anything under 4 mmol is cause for concern according to Techly’s own Type 1 Diabetic), and dropping fast.

Dorrie gave him a glucose tablet to restore his sugar levels, and without being able to do much more than wait, took a photo.

Luke, Jedi and the agonising wait for his blood-sugar levels to rise.

Luke, Jedi and the agonising wait for his blood-sugar levels to rise. (Facebook: Saving Luke)

Thankfully the little fella’s levels began to rise – he pulled through, and Luke survived the night.

Had Jedi not warned them, the hypoglycemic attack could have killed him, as Luke doesn’t wake up for low blood sugar.

How can dogs sense when a diabetic is in trouble

The dogs are trained to identify a specific smell when someone’s blood sugar drops below 4 mmol.

Rapid changes in glucose levels alter chemicals in the body, that are emitted through a person’s breath and skin.

Labradors have over 200 million sensors that can detect the slightest of change and are trained to notify their handlers when it happens.

What’s so incredible, and genuinely touching about Luke’s story is the urgency and relentlessness with which Jedi told his parents.

He refused to take no for an answer and in doing so, saved Luke’s life

These dogs are trained from birth and normally take a year to properly train and socialize them.

It’s not cheap either – total costs come to around $45,000.

If you’d like to help out you can make a donation to Paws For Diabetes Inc, an Aussie non-profit that provides incredible, life-saving dogs like Jedi to diabetic patients.

Dogs, truly man’s best friend.

This may just look like a dog, a sleeping boy and a number on a screen, but this, this moment right here is so much…

Posted by Saving Luke – Luke and Jedi – Fighting Type 1 Diabetes Together on Thursday, 3 March 2016

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