Fiona Smyth

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 Lauren Smyth, who has type 1 diabetes: There are about 16,000 people with type 1 diabetes in Ireland, of whom almost 3,000 are under 16 years.

Hundreds of children who get early onset diabetes each year are at risk of a further life- threatening condition because of delays in referring them (...)

Fiona Smyth with her daughter Lauren: “I was told to bring her straight to the hospital, even to break the lights getting there – that’s how urgent it was considered. On the way, I had to keep her awake, so that she didn’t fall into a coma.”

It was a sudden loss of weight on the part of her then 12-year-old daughter Lauren that first set alarm bells ringing for Fiona Smyth. “It was the m(...)