A couple from Hartlepool, North East England, have spoken of their relief at seeing their young daughter recover from a potentially fatal diabetic coma.
Parents Jonathan and Vikki Owens were left devastated after learning that their eight-month old baby Lucy had slipped into a coma after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Born in June 2012, Lucy’s health suddenly deteriorated in February this year. Her parents took her to their GP where she was transferred straight to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
But by the time they arrived they were told she was already in a coma and were warned she may not pull through.
Mum Vikki, 26, said: “We were absolutely devastated as you immediately fear the worst. I was petrified as Lucy spent two days drifting in and out of consciousness.
“Thankfully she finally started to come round, and that was just the best feeling ever.”
Dad Jonatha, 28, said: “It was indescribable the moment she came round, the relief was immense.”
The pair were told by medics that Lucy was the youngest person in the North East to be diagnosed with diabetes over the past 20 years, as well as being the youngest child in the region to have an insulin pump fitted, which is required to control her blood sugar levels.
Vikki thanked the doctors for saving her daughter’s life, in particular Dr Jagat Jani and diabetes specialist Dr Venita Sharma, who spotted the signs of diabetes as soon as Lucy was admitted to hospital .
Lucy is now fighting fit at home with her family, who have organised a local fun day to help raise awareness of the disease and generate funds for charity Diabetes UK.

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