Insulin pump therapy used in the treatment of diabetes has enabled three Co. Tipperary children to live their daily lives free of insulin injections.
Siblings Ben (9), Emily Mai (7) and Harry (5) – children of Jane and Richie Ryan from Fethard – are enjoying a new lease of life, following the fitting of an insulin pump which is a mini-computerised device which continually infuses insulin under the skin and optimises their blood glucose control. The pump is a small device about the size of a small mobile phone and is attached to the child via plastic tubing just under the skin.
Having been initially diagnosed and treated at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) in Clonmel the children were referred to Cork University Hospital in 2012, and were cumulatively having up to 15 injections a day from then on. This required allocation of special needs assistants at the school and their mother Jane having to visit both school and play-school to administer the injections. Effectively, Diabetes was controlling their lives to the point where visits for play dates and birthday parties couldn’t take place unless Jane was keeping a watchful eye on what and when they ate, as she was trying to match their food intake and their insulin dosage.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.