It was just a normal family trip to the swimming pool for Jack Anderson, then 11, but then he began struggling to breath and his sister Chloe noticed he had started to turn blue.
He was rushed to Trafford General Hospital, in Greater Manchester.
Within minutes of having a urine test doctors told Jack’s mum Laura Bowker-Ford that her son had Type 1 diabetes.
He was taken straight to Wythenshawe Hospital where he remained in the high dependency unit (HDU) for two days until his soaring blood sugar levels were stabilised.
Doctors said if Jack’s condition had been left untreated for much longer, he may not have survived.
Laura, 29, from Sale , said:
Prior to the swimming pool incident, the only change in Jack Laura had noticed was his weight loss. She had noticed Jack’s ribs had started to protrude and had booked an appointment with his GP.
The family have since learned Jack’s rapid weight loss and his episode of deep, laboured breathing were serious symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
After three nights in Wythenshawe Hospital Jack did make a full recovery, but he wasn’t allowed to be discharged until he had learned how to read his blood sugar levels and inject himself with insulin before every meal.
Laura says Jack should be able to do all things other children do, they just have to keep a close watch on his blood sugar at regular intervals, including through the night.
Other factors such as the weather, exercise and even a change in Jack’s mood can affect his diabetes.
It’s a lot for a child to take on board but it is something Laura says Jack has taken in his stride.
Jack and his family are keen to raise awareness of the symptoms of diabetes among children and raising money to help find a cure for the condition.
On October 1, Jack will be taking part in the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Fun Run.