Luke Nuttall is only 7 years old, but he needs a monitor beside him while he sleeps to ensure he won't suddenly die. The little boy suffers from the dangerous type 1 diabetes, which requires him to have machinery constantly checking his blood sugar levels throughout the night.
One night, the monitor was eerily quiet. But the family dog, Jedi, was not.
The pup jumped on and off the bed Luke shared with his parents, trying to wake the sleeping adults. Finally, he laid on top of Luke's mother, Dorrie, startling her awake.
Dorrie checked the monitor, which still gave a normal reading. But Jedi gave her a signal that things were anything but normal. And it's a good thing he did.
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When she pricked Luke's finger, she was horrified to see that his blood sugar was much lower than the number displayed on the monitor--and it was falling. Immediately, she gave him a glucose tablet. And she posted a photo on Facebook right after the frightening moment happened, to let people know the dog saved his life.
Amazingly, scientific evidence shows that dogs can literally smell how a diabetes patient is doing. Sometimes, their nose can be an even better judge of the patient's health than the patient themselves. This explains Jedi's extraordinary rescue when Luke was most vulnerable.
"It's in those moments when our guards are down, when we are just living life, when we let our minds drift from diabetes, that [the disease] has the upper hand-and things can get scary very fast," Dorrie wrote in the post. "But thankfully we have Jedi."
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