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Brighton girl appears in diabetes campaign video
11:00am Sunday 15th July 2012 in News
A teenager is taking part in a national campaign to raise awareness of diabetes.
Ella-Mae Campling, 13, from Brighton, appears in an online video aimed at teaching people the signs of the condition.
It has been put together by Diabetes UK and JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, and features children living with diabetes from around the country.
Ella-Mae’s mum said: “For more than two months Ella had symptoms of extreme weight loss, tiredness and a breath that smelt of pear drops.
“I took her to the doctors and she was misdiagnosed as having a virus on three occasions. I was even accused of being an overprotective mum.
“Ella was finally diagnosed after being taken to A&E as her condition worsened.”
Mrs Campling said Ella-Mae had received a mixed level of care.
She said: “I’ve had to fight to get her condition recognised and treated. We even had to change GPs just to get a referral.
“I cannot stress enough how important it is that type 1 diabetes is caught early. I don’t want another parent to also go through such a frightening experience with their child.”
About 2,000 children a year are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which means it is five times more common in children than bacterial meningitis.
The video can be found at www.jdrf.org.uk/type1aware.