Meet Brandon Miguel.
Brandon is a young dental student in Bolivia. He received top marks in his medical exams and wants to open his own dental practice one day.
A delayed type 1 diabetes diagnosis nearly took Brandon’s life.
This is his story.
At just five years old, Brandon was fighting for his life.
Brandon’s Mom said, “My son was dying, he couldn’t walk. He didn’t eat. I had to carry him in my arms… he couldn’t move by himself.”
Brandon was taken to many clinics in Bolivia by his family, but the doctors were not familiar with diabetes and couldn’t understand what was making him ill.
“He got skinnier, stopped eating, and started vomiting. Eventually, I rushed him to the Children’s Hospital.” Brandon’s Mom.
Finally, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Brandon recalls, “at that time we didn’t have lancets to prick yourself – they would cut your finger with a razor which was very traumatizing, at 5 years old…it hurt. And they did it every day.”
The doctor treating Brandon at the hospital had a very limited understanding of diabetes and was severely underdosing Brandon’s insulin. Consequently, his health continued to deteriorate.
Brandon’s Mom searched desperately for help.
No one seemed to have the answers to the questions she had about diabetes or advice on how she could save her son. Until, eventually, she found the local Life for a Child partner center.
There she met Dr. Elizabeth Duarte.