Diabetic child's medication taken
Aug 25, 2013 / 11:34 am
A four-year-old Kelowna child is without her diabetes medication today as a result of what could have been either a mixup or a theft of a backpack yesterday at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.
Jacqueline Salvino's daughter Miabella, 4, is currently using back-up medication her mother managed to pick up at a pharmacy just minutes before it closed last evening. Her standard medication, contained in a backpack the two had with them while playing with some other kids and their parents, has gone missing.
"Last night we went to the Parkinson Recreation Centre's playground, aka the "Ogopogo Park," explained Salvina. "Everywhere we go, we carry around a backpack that contains life-saving medication and supplies for her. Last night was no different, with the exception that it also contained my apartment keys.
"I set the backpack down in the playground to help her climb some equipment, and shared a few words with another parent there," she continued. "She (Miabella) ended up tripping and cut her hand, so I turned around to get her backpack to get our first aid supplies, and it was gone."
In a panic and state of confusion, Salvino, along with the aid of some other children and some other parents, searched every inch of the playground and surrounding area, but the missing backpack was nowhere in sight.
"In that time, I believe my daughter ended up having low blood sugar from the excitement and activity," said the distraught mother. "All of her low blood sugar treatment was in the backpack. As we couldn't drive my car or get into our nearby apartment, a parent took us back to their house to provide her some juice to keep her from going into diabetic seizures or worse.
"Luckily, although it was complete guess work, we were able to keep her sugars high enough," she added. "We are using back-up equipment for this point in time, but really need her diabetes supplies back."
Salvino says she has contacted the PRC, the pharmacy, left a lost and found ad, and has now contacted the RCMP. The only identifying information in the backpack is her name on a prescription for "Glucagon".
"I am looking for assistance in getting her backpack returned to her and an opportunity to getting awareness out about how important a child's belongings can be," added Salvino.
If anyone has information concerning this backpack, or information about it's whereabouts, contact Salvino at 250-859-7855.
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