Diabetes for life
KIDS are resilient – we hear it all the time. But that wasn’t the case for a nine-year-old French girl called Lalita who had diabetes.1
Like others with the disease, she needed to adhere to a strict treatment regimen to keep it under control.
But it all became too much earlier this year.
After writing a note explaining that she was “fed up” with the illness, she threw herself out of a fifth-floor window.2
While doctors described her actions as “extreme”, research shows psychological distress in children and young people with diabetes is not unusual.
“We have had experience of suicide – thank God it has not been common,” says Professor Fergus Cameron, head of diabetes services and deputy director of the department of endocrinology and diabetes at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
“But there are a lot of young people with diabetes