17-year-old Jack Dunn was rushed to hospital by his parents after he suffered severe stomach pains that he couldn’t stand and walk properly.
Jack from Porth, Wales was given laxative medicine to treat his ‘constipation’ but it turned out that his condition was more than just a normal digestive problem.
His father found the teen lifeless in bed only 24 hours after visiting the hospital. His parents said doctors were not particularly concerned about his stomach pains.
Jack’s father told The Sun: “We took him to A&E and completely trusted the doctors in telling us what was wrong with him. He could barely walk he was in so much pain. He was given a bladder scan but it didn’t really show anything up. The doctor said he was baffled and believed Jack was suffering from nothing more than a bad bout of constipation.”
The doctors were not able to determine the teen’s underlying medical condition in time. It was only after he died it was discovered that he had diabetic ketoacidosis.
Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when the body couldn’t produce enough insulin but produces an excessive amount of blood acids or ketones.
Father Kieron said: “When Jack was finding it difficult to breathe the doctor thought it was probably anxiety because Jack was anxious about being in the hospital. But him struggling to breathe was because his organs were closing down because of the ketoacidosis.”
“Finding my son dead in his bed was the worst moment of my life. I believe Jack would be alive today if a few more simple tests had been carried out.”
His family believes that his death could have been prevented if doctors gave him a glucose test. “Jack’s white blood cell count was up so that was an indicator something was going on in his body that wasn’t right. If they had tested him for ketones he would probably be alive today.”
If the condition is detected on time, it can be treated with proper medication and insulin. Other signs of ketoacidosis include unusual thirst, states of confusion, faster breathing, urge to pee more often, and fatigue.
“My son was a healthy fit 17-year-old who was full of energy and life. I have to speak out both for Jack and our family which has been utterly devastated by his loss,” Kieron added. “People need to know what a deadly condition ketoacidosis is.”
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