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Greatstone Blues Brothers night starts campaign for aid dog for Ashford diabetes girl

By Sam Lennon

A fundraising campaign has begun to get a diabetes victim a life-saving dog.

A dog could pick up the scent of Devi Moore’s high or low blood readings, fetch her glucose and raise the alarm.

Devi Moore - needs a diabetes alert dog.
Devi Moore - needs a diabetes alert dog.

Now 19-year-old Devi’s family are holding the first main fundraising event in a series, a Blues Brothers night in Greatstone.

Mum Avril Moore, of Molloy Road, Shadoxhurst, said: “She needs someone to check on her during the night if she’s had a busy day in case her blood sugars drop in the night as they often do.

The original Blues Brothers. John Belushi, left, and Dan Aykroyd.
The original Blues Brothers. John Belushi, left, and Dan Aykroyd.

“Her sugars also get very high and make her very sick.

“This is also life threatening to Devi and can cause a coma.”

Devi, a student, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she six years old.

Today, despite constant daily blood tests and insulation injections, her condition is very difficult to control.

She has had three seizures since diagnosed, the last one recently after a busy day at college.

Avril said: “When she came home she was feeling tired so went to sleep. Luckily I finished my work early and found her just in time.

“She was on her back choking and fitting with her head trapped between the bed and her cabinet.

“We want to prevent Devi from having more seizures.”

A dog can sniff a high or low blood reading 30 minutes before it shows on a test. It can fetch glucose if an owner is incapacitated and run for help.

The first fundraising night to pay for an diabetes alert dog is a Blues Brothers tribute night at the Soterio’s 103 restaurant at Coast Drive, Greaststone, from 7pm on Friday, July 18.

Tickets are £25 and include a three course meal. Transport is being organised from Ashford and tickets are available on www.adogfordevi.org.

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