SKYE Gledhill was the first to get her hands on a piece of life-saving technology in Echuca on Wednesday.
The nine-year-old from Bamawm, who lives with type 1 diabetes, picked up the first free continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device made available in Echuca.
The Federal Government recently announced a subsidy for the device, allowing eligible Australians under the age of 21 to access it for free — saving them and their families up to $4000.
The latest technology enables the glucose levels of type 1 diabetics to be monitored 24 hours a day through a sensor, which then transmits readings to an insulin pump or an iPhone.
Skye’s mother Lisa said the importance of the device could not be underestimated.
‘‘It sets off alarms which can potentially save their life,’’ she said.
‘‘Some diabetics go to bed and there are no issues with their glucose levels, but that can change during the night and they can be dead in the morning.
‘‘Skye is insulin sensitive and also hypo-unaware. Most people can feel it (low glucose levels) — my daughter can’t. So we can hear it if her levels are low.
‘‘It’s another way to save her life.’’
The CGM devices are provided through the National Diabetes Services Scheme.
To learn more, visit www.ndss.com.au/cgm