Can you imagine your child being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,

and not having insulin available to keep them alive?

A tiny two-year-old boy, Manuel was gravely ill when he was first diagnosed.

His health had been declining for months but suddenly it had become critical. Manuel’s tiny body was starting to shut down.

Desperately searching for help for his grandson, Manuel’s grandfather Jorge went from hospital to hospital to try and find out what was wrong with him.

None of the doctors could diagnose him until finally, one realized Manuel had type 1 diabetes.

But the hospital didn't have any insulin. Without insulin, Manuel would die.

Jorge was devastated, “It was a huge shock, it was like death. There was chaos in the family, everyone was worried.”

Manuel’s story could have ended there, but Jorge wouldn't give up. He continued going from doctor to doctor asking for help.

Eventually one of the doctors told Jorge about the Life for a Child partner center.

Immediately Jorge rushed Manuel straight to the centre where he met by Dr. Elizabeth Duarte.

Dr. Duarte knew exactly what to do. She had the insulin, supplies and knowledge to save Manuel’s life.

Under the watchful eye of Dr. Duarte Manuel slowly started to recover.

Unfortunately, there were more problems to come. Not long after Manuel’s diagnosis his parents split up.

His mother left the family and soon after his father moved to another city.

Grandpa Jorge suddenly found himself as the sole carer for a young boy with a complex and life-threatening condition. It was overwhelming.

In Jorge’s words: “We had some hard times back then. The hardest thing was learning everything we needed to do to keep Manuel alive. I failed many times. We had to take him to the hospital a lot because his blood glucose levels would rise, and we didn't know what to do.”

Jorge is very poor and has to struggle just to provide the daily essentials for himself and Manuel.

If he had to buy insulin at the pharmacy, it could cost him 90% of their household budget - they wouldn’t be able to afford both food to eat and insulin to keep Manuel alive.

Thanks to your support Jorge and Manuel visit the Life for a Child partner center every month to collect his insulin and strips, and know the staff are there to help along the way.

Despite the challenges, Jorge feels positive about the future. He said, ‘’We keep learning every day. I’m committed to him.’'

Manuel wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up, he loves dogs.

But Manuel's diagnosis means insulin always needs to be available, and he will need ongoing support to maintain his health.

You can help a child like Manuel manage his diabetes so he can follow his dreams. Just complete the simple and secure donation form below.

A tiny two-year-old boy, Manuel was gravely ill when he was first diagnosed.

His health had been declining for months but suddenly it had become critical. Manuel’s tiny body was starting to shut down.

Desperately searching for help for his grandson, Manuel’s grandfather Jorge went from hospital to hospital to try and find out what was wrong with him.

None of the doctors could diagnose him until finally, one realized Manuel had type 1 diabetes.

But the hospital didn't have any insulin. Without insulin, Manuel would die.

Jorge was devastated, “It was a huge shock, it was like death. There was chaos in the family, everyone was worried.”

Manuel’s story could have ended there, but Jorge wouldn't give up. He continued going from doctor to doctor asking for help.

Eventually one of the doctors told Jorge about the Life for a Child partner center.

Immediately Jorge rushed Manuel straight to the centre where he met by Dr. Elizabeth Duarte.

Dr. Duarte knew exactly what to do. She had the insulin, supplies and knowledge to save Manuel’s life.

Under the watchful eye of Dr. Duarte Manuel slowly started to recover.

Unfortunately, there were more problems to come. Not long after Manuel’s diagnosis his parents split up.

His mother left the family and soon after his father moved to another city.

Grandpa Jorge suddenly found himself as the sole carer for a young boy with a complex and life-threatening condition. It was overwhelming.

In Jorge’s words: “We had some hard times back then. The hardest thing was learning everything we needed to do to keep Manuel alive. I failed many times. We had to take him to the hospital a lot because his blood glucose levels would rise, and we didn't know what to do.”

Jorge is very poor and has to struggle just to provide the daily essentials for himself and Manuel.

If he had to buy insulin at the pharmacy, it could cost him 90% of their household budget - they wouldn’t be able to afford both food to eat and insulin to keep Manuel alive.

Thanks to your support Jorge and Manuel visit the Life for a Child partner center every month to collect his insulin and strips, and know the staff are there to help along the way.

Despite the challenges, Jorge feels positive about the future. He said, ‘’We keep learning every day. I’m committed to him.’'

Manuel wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up, he loves dogs.

But Manuel's diagnosis means insulin always needs to be available, and he will need ongoing support to maintain his health.

You can help a child like Manuel manage his diabetes so he can follow his dreams. Just complete the simple and secure donation form below.

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