A mum has taken to social media to warn parents after her daughter died from a common health condition that was undiagnosed.
Sierra Greenlee’s emotional plea came after her daughter Arya passed away from complications with Type 1 Diabetes, something she had no idea her two-year-old was living with.
She first noticed something was wrong after she collected Arya from her babysitter and found she was passed out.
“When I got to the babysitter’s she had carried her to my car, my daughter was completely knocked out. She had a hard day. In an offhanded way I asked if she was breathing, joking,” she wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
That was until she put her hand on her little chest and felt no movement.
“In that moment I completely freaked out. I couldn’t finish a thought,” she continued. “I knew I needed to get her back inside and start CPR. I was so mad and terrified.”
For the next hour, paramedics tried desperately to bring Arya back, as her mum prayed beside her for a miracle.
“At times I felt like an outsider watching this awful event unfold. I had always had these nightmares but it was never supposed to happen, not to me,” she explained.
But when Arya arrived at the hospital, a doctor told her that her daughter had passed away.
“That one little sentence devastated my entire being… in that moment I couldn’t feel anything. It was like my heart had stopped too. I was an empty shell. The shock was overwhelming,” Sierra wrote.
After completing various tests, the healthcare team had discovered the two-year-old had undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes.
She couldn’t believe it — diabetes doesn’t run on either side of her family — and her daughter had her “wellness check up” just one week before.
Sierra was told that high sugar levels had cause Arya to fall into a coma and eventually die.
Excessive thirst, frequent urination and fatigue are all signs to watch for in both children and adults.
In her post, devastated Sierra said she later discovered that children aren’t tested for diabetes unless they have a family history.
“I beg you to ask your child’s doctor to test for it. I beg you to become aware of the signs and symptoms of childhood diabetes,” she wrote.
“I beg you to share this post and story with everyone because no parent should ever have to hear the words ‘I’m sorry but unfortunately she did not survive.'”
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