Brandon’s story shows how sparing a rose could help a young person living with type 1 diabetes.

This is Brandon Miguel.

Brandon is a young dental student in Bolivia, received top marks in his medical exams, and wants to open his own practice one day.

A delayed diagnosis nearly took Brandon's life.

This is his story.

At just five years old, Brandon was fighting for his life.

Brandon's Mom said, “...my son was dying, [he] couldn't walk... he didn't eat, he did nothing. I had to carry him in my arms… he couldn't move by himself.”

Brandon was taken to many clinics in Bolivia by his family, but the doctors were not familiar with diabetes and couldn't understand what was wrong with him.

“He got skinnier, stopped eating and started vomiting, so I took him to the Children's Hospital.” Brandon's Mom.

Finally, Brandon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Brandon recalls, “at that time we didn't have lancets to prick yourself - they would cut your finger with a razor [which] was very traumatizing for me, at 5 years old... it hurt. And they did it every day.”

The doctor at the hospital had a very limited understanding of diabetes and was severely under dosing Brandon’s insulin. Consequently, his health continued to deteriorate.

Brandon’s Mom searched desperately for help.

No one seemed to have the answers to the hundreds of questions she had about diabetes and how to save her son.

Until, eventually, she found the local Life for a Child partner center.

There she met Dr. Elizabeth Duarte.

“Dr. Duarte began counseling us psychologically because I was devastated. I thought there was no life left in him.” Brandon’s Mom.

Brandon’s parents were terribly worried, they didn't know how they would find the money to manage Brandon’s diabetes. Dr. Duarte reassured them that the Life for a Child program would be able to help to provide insulin and supplies.

Once Brandon’s condition was stable Dr. Duarte began the process of educating him and his parents about diabetes management.

Thanks to this support Brandon is doing well and wants to continue fighting the stigma around diabetes and be an ambassador for change.

“I want to prove that diabetes hasn't been an impediment for me… keeping me from getting to where I am... I've even gone farther than other people who don’t have such a condition. So, people with diabetes, we can do it! ...and we can do even more.”

It is thanks to people like you and initiatives like Spare a Rose that we are able to provide Brandon with a regular supply of insulin and blood glucose monitoring supplies.

Without this support he would not be where he is today; a budding dentist ready to help other people living with diabetes in his community.

Please can you help us support more young people like Brandon by making a donation to Spare a Rose today.

This is Brandon Miguel.

Brandon is a young dental student in Bolivia, received top marks in his medical exams, and wants to open his own practice one day.

A delayed diagnosis nearly took Brandon's life.

This is his story.

At just five years old, Brandon was fighting for his life.

Brandon's Mom said, “...my son was dying, [he] couldn't walk... he didn't eat, he did nothing. I had to carry him in my arms… he couldn't move by himself.”

Brandon was taken to many clinics in Bolivia by his family, but the doctors were not familiar with diabetes and couldn't understand what was wrong with him.

“He got skinnier, stopped eating and started vomiting, so I took him to the Children's Hospital.” Brandon's Mom.

Finally, Brandon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Brandon recalls, “at that time we didn't have lancets to prick yourself - they would cut your finger with a razor [which] was very traumatizing for me, at 5 years old... it hurt. And they did it every day.”

The doctor at the hospital had a very limited understanding of diabetes and was severely under dosing Brandon’s insulin. Consequently, his health continued to deteriorate.

Brandon’s Mom searched desperately for help.

No one seemed to have the answers to the hundreds of questions she had about diabetes and how to save her son.

Until, eventually, she found the local Life for a Child partner center.

There she met Dr. Elizabeth Duarte.

“Dr. Duarte then began counseling us psychologically because I was devastated. I thought there was no life left in him.” Brandon’s Mom.

Brandon’s parents were terribly worried, they didn't know how they would find the money to manage Brandon’s diabetes. Dr. Duarte reassured them that the Life for a Child program would be able to help to provide insulin and supplies.

Once Brandon’s condition was stable Dr. Duarte began the process of educating him and his parents about diabetes management.

Thanks to this support Brandon is doing well and wants to continue fighting the stigma around diabetes and be an ambassador for change.

“I want to prove that diabetes hasn't been an impediment for me… keeping me from getting to where I am... I've even gone farther than other people who don’t have such a condition. So, people with diabetes, we can do it! ...and we can do even more.”

It is thanks to people like you and initiatives like Spare a Rose that we are able to provide Brandon with a regular supply of insulin and blood glucose monitoring supplies.

Without this support he would not be where he is today; a budding dentist ready to help other people living with diabetes in his community.

Please can you help us support more young people like Brandon by making a donation to Spare a Rose today.

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