Greg and Michelle Brooks dreamed of what their baby girl would be like. They pictured a perfectly healthy seven-pound newborn.
They were partially correct in that their baby girl, Sadie, was the perfect fit for their family. However, there were complications revolving around her health.
“Within minutes of Sadie coming into the world, we knew something was very wrong. It’s hard to describe the devastation and fear we experienced as our baby was whisked away to another hospital to undergo a life saving surgery to connect her esophagus,” Michelle wrote on Sadie’s GoFundMe page.
Many diagnoses followed. Sadie had Down syndrome and spent two months in the NICU.
Later, she needed heart surgery and then came the Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Doctors have been challenged on how to best manage Sadie’s diabetes because her age, needs, and size have presented as a uniquely difficult case.
Self-awareness and good verbal skills can make a great difference in a child’s ability to understand if and when their blood sugar levels are a cause of concern. Therefore, Sadie’s parents thought that a diabetic alert Labrador would make a great, and life-changing, addition to the family.
Hero has certainly confirmed his name to be a true characteristic of his. Making sure Sadie’s blood sugar levels are stable is his main goal.
When Hero paws at the left hand of Greg or Michelle, it means that their daughter’s blood sugars have been dropping below 100. When he paws at their right hands, it means that her blood sugars have been climbing past 200.
In Dec. 2015, Hero was in the family’s home while Sadie was at school five miles away. Hero began whining at Michelle, which was quite strange.
Michelle told KUTV, “He’s normally a very quiet dog. Whining is not in his protocol.”
She called the school to check Sadie’s numbers just to be on the safe side. Initially, they were fine, but within half an hour they went from 122 to 82.
Nothing diabetes related… Just reading a book to Hero. His jobs are numerous.
Geplaatst door Sadie's Hero op maandag 8 februari 2016
Sadie was at risk for going into a dangerous diabetic coma. Miraculously, Hero clued them in on the dramatic drop so it could be treated.
KC Owens, Hero’s trainer, has an explanation for how Hero managed to detect the drop from five miles away, showing that some things go beyond human reasoning. “There’s another piece of it, that I call, ‘God only knows,’” she told KUTV.
“I can’t explain it,” she continued. “It’s a God thing. I think it’s like mother’s intuition. These dogs have abilities and senses beyond our understanding.”