Hamta has to have her blood sugar checked constantly.
Her condition is so severe that her sugar can drastically drop or surge in between times that shes been checked.
it is absolutely heartbreaking to see what her parents go through when she goes into shock or a diabetic coma. She has been hospitalized so often that doctors precribed her a digital pump that delivers insulin as quickly as it is needed. Her current pump is manual based on sugar level. Her parents insurance is Obama Care, and for a short time they paid for this pump. Soon costs began to rise and her insurance quit covering the pump by saying that she can keep pricking her fingers.
Her family was devastated to learn that Hamta was losing this pump.
This week Hamta and her mom were shopping in Costco when a German Shepphard came up and began nudging at Hamta. Her mother was terrified to see this big dog in a grocery store pushing on her daughter, but she soon realized that this dog could change Hamtas life.
The woman with the dog asked if Hamta was a diabetic, and her mom said "yes, how do you know that"?
This German Shephard was a service dog trained to detect high or low blood sugar, and Hamtas sugar was low at that moment. The woman gave Hamtas mom the number of the service dog trainer and we discovered that all said and done it costs about $12,000 to get a dog like this.
It was recomended that it is AKC or very close to pure bread.
These type dogs have ranged from $1500 to $3000.
The dog first has to receive obedience training. $3000 to $4000 depending on the dogs ability to be trained.
Next the dog can finally be trained to detect blood sugar. The price for this training depends on how long it takes the dog to be able to detect blood sugar levels. The price for this training ranges from $3000 to $4500.
I also took into account the cost of travel for her parents.
The dog has to be taken to training across town every day for several months.
Hamtas father works as a mechanic and her mother cannot work as she has to constantly be with Hamta. They cannot afford a dog like this. As a friend of Hamtas family I am asking for help to provide her with a service dog that can not only save her life, but also prevent her from going blind, or suffering other life changing dissabilities from her condition.