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Broomfield Family On The Front Line Of Testing Diabetes Technology

October 8, 2019


THE PUMPKINS ARE HANDED OUT TO KIDS AT BELL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ROBERT G. WHELAND SCHOOL. ABOUT 1 IN 4 KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY HAS TYPE 1 DIABETES, AND NOW DENVER IS HOME TO ONE OF THE PREMIER DIABETES CARE AND RESEARCH FACILITIES IN THE WORLD. MACKENZIE O’KEEFE INTRODUCES US TO A FAMILY WHO IS COMING TOGETHER TO ADVANCE THE TECHNOLOGY CARING FOR THOSE YOUNG PATIENTS. RIGHT NOW I’M PLAYING SOFTBALL. I PLAY 1st BASE. REPORTER: OLIVIA AND HER 3 SIBLINGS PLAY TOGETHER. THEY’RE HOME SCHOOLED TOGETHER, AND 3 OF THE 4 HAVE TYPE 1 DIABETES TOGETHER. AS LONG AS YOU TAKE CARE OF IT, YOU’LL BE OKAY. REPORTER: OLIVIA WAS DIAGNOSED AT JUST 7 MONTHS OLD. THEN CAME ASHTON AT 15 MONTHS AND AUDREY AT AGE 8. 9-YEAR-OLD OWEN IS THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT THE DISEASE. WE LIVE IT, WE BREATHE IT, WE DO 100 PERCENT OF OUR DAYS THINKING ABOUT IT. REPORTER: THE LEE FAMILY LIVES WITH THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF DIABETES. I CAN EAT EVERYTHING AS LONG AS A BOLUS RIGHT. REPORTER: THAT’S THE PROCESS OF COUNTING CARBS AND CALCULATING INSULIN DOSES. EVERY TIME THEY PUT SOMETHING IN THEIR MOUTH, THEY HAVE TO CALCULATE IT. REPORTER: TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING IT EASIER. I HAVE A PUMP ON MY LEG, I HAVE A DEXCOM ON MY ARM SENDING MY BLOOD SUGAR TO MY MOM’S PHONE AND MY PHONE. REPORTER: MOM CAN MONITOR THE NUMBERS AND IS QUICK WITH THE JUICE WHEN THE DIGITS DROP. EVERY SINGLE DAY WHEN WE LEAVE THE HOUSE WE HAVE TO TAKE SUPPLIES. REPORTER: THE FAMILY SPENDS A GOOD PART OF THEIR TIME AT THE BARBARA DAVIS CENTER FOR DIABETES, ONE OF THE TOP CENTERS IN THE WORLD FOR CARE AND RESEARCH. WE’RE SETTING THE STANDARD OF HOW PEOPLE WILL BE CARED FOR IN THE FUTURE. WE’RE DEVELOPING THE NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS. REPORTER: OLIVIA, ASHTON, AND AUDREY ARE EXPERTS ON CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORS, INSULIN PUMPS, AND EVEN THE ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS. THEY’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN HALF A DOZEN TO A DOZEN DIFFERENT STUDIES BETWEEN THE 3 CHILDREN. REPORTER: SO WHEN THE KIDS GIVE FEEDBACK, IT LEADS TO CHANGE. THERE’S STUDIES WE’VE DONE THERE ARE NOW FDA APPROVED, AND IT’S LIKE WE HAD A PART IN THAT. OUR KIDS GOT TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THAT. REPORTER: THE LEE FAMILY IS MAKING HISTORY IN THE WORLD OF TYPE 1 DIABETES, AND PERFECTING THE ART OF BEING YOUNG. MACKENZIE O’KEEFE, COVERING COLORADO FIRST. THAT’S FANTASTIC.

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