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Happiness technology helps a boy with diabetes lead a normal life

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Like any other sibling, 10-year-old Gus Newton and his sister Clover love to play games, but unlike most, they’re also twins with active lives.

“I like to play outside with my friends. I love watching TV and I love drawing, swimming and rock climbing,” Gus said.

“I love playing outside with our neighbors and playing with our cat,” Clover said.

Gus and his sister, Clover Newton with their cat

Their parents, Emily and Andy Newton, say their children were blessed with good health.

“They were resilient from the start, and they had a tough first two months of life and came out of it perfectly strong,” Emily said.

“We are proud and blessed to have 10-year-old twins and they’ve had quite the journey and they light up our lives,” Andy said.

But their lives were turned upside down in June this year. Gus was not feeling well and had to be taken to Le Bonheur.

“Then he got very sick and started showing symptoms bad enough to take him to the emergency room,” his mother said.

“I was flabbergasted and slapped. I was just working from home and hanging out with Clover. I thought at worst it might be pneumonia,” Andy said.

Doctors determined it wasn’t pneumonia, but Gus would be diagnosed with something that surprised his parents.

“Gus was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and he’s still battling it,” Emily said.

Emily and Andy worried about whether Clover would also have type 1 diabetes.

“He (Gus) is type 1 diabetic and just found out at the start of the summer and she is not,” his father said.

Type 1 diabetes is often called “juvenile” diabetes because it usually develops in children and adolescents. It is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which controls the body’s blood sugar and is needed for energy.

“I was worried about his future. and what it would look like,” Emily said.

To manage the disease, Gus wears a continuous glucometer called Dexcom which checks his blood sugar. Her mother said the machine takes a constant reading of her blood sugar so they don’t have to poke her finger all the time.

The monitor is attached to his arm and communicates with their smartphones and Le Bonheur.

“It sends to his phone and my phone, and I can see exactly where he is and his trend throughout the day. He went up there and now he’s going down,” Emily said.

“They (Le Bonheur) are very high tech and they also set us up with technology so they could keep an eye on him and his health every day,” Andy said.

The Newtons say Gus’ health specialists are more than just doctors and nurses.

“I felt like they were our advocates to come and check everything from medicine to future school equipment, programs and plan. It was like a giant safety net,” her father said.

This giant safety net makes Gus feel better today. Even though there’s no cure for type 1 diabetes and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it, Gus remains optimistic about the ongoing research to find a cure.

They studied and took a step closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes,” Gus said.

Even without a cure, the Newtons say Happiness is the reason their son is healthy.

“As far as I’m concerned, Le Bonheur saved my child’s life, and you realize that all around you, I’m in this gratitude club with parents all around me who have some kind of miracle story. of Le Bonheur,” Andy said. .

Gus’ miracle story, like his sketchbook and pencil, paints a picture of survival and hope through Le Bonheur.

It’s a special hospital that Clover says is responsible for bringing his twin brother back to their family.

“Thank you for taking care of my brother…to make him feel like Gus again,” Clover said.