November 8th 2011 seemed like an ordinary day for Daniella Meads-Barlow.
But it was her last.
Diagnosed with type 1 (juveile) diabetes at age 5, the 17 year old had a normal-to-highish blood sugar reading before she went to bed, but when it was time to get up for school, the Year 12 student could not be roused.
If CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) had been available at the time, an alarm would sounded when Danii's blood sugar reached a dangerously low level.
Mum Donna is now travelling Australia, informing families, teachers and others about diabetes management and a $54 million CGM scheme.
Depending on the brand, an insulin pump can cost around $8000, the CGM transmitter connected to it around $1200, and sensors cost $70 a week
Donna will speak at Danii Foundation session at Ballarat's George Hotel from 5.30pm tomorrow (Wed 19 April). For details go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/
Video from Channel 7's Today Tonight.