It was just more than two years ago that 12-year-old Olivia Saint got sick with what her parents, Beth and Patrick, thought was the flu.
Their discovery of what was wrong with Olivia has brought a four-legged addition to the family named Bella whose presence helps teach others that the need for a service dog is not always obvious.
Olivia’s nausea, aches, pains and tiredness came and went. The symptoms finally got so severe Olivia was taken to the emergency room where doctors performed a multitude of tests, including a check of her blood sugar. It was so dangerously high (1,180) that she was transported by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.