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Parents concerned over diabetic care in Chesterfield schools


The parents of 7-year-old girl Lily Waehner allege Chesterfield County schools are breaking the law because they're not providing the appropriately trained staff to care for their diabetic daughter. We spoke with the family. Today she's talking to the people responsible for making decisions. 

NBC12 set out to get some answers from the school system and the health department. We spoke to a top official with the health department but today no one would answer our questions from the school system. 

Lily Waehner's parents say they had to pull her out of school last week after her primary caregiver left work at Swift Creek Elementary. 

"Lily was going to go to school on Monday morning with nobody that could operate her machinery properly or fully which could have been deadly," said her mother Catherine Martin.    

They say no one told them the change was happening and they worried no one was getting adequately trained to help her in an emergency, as the law requires, which could be deadly for Lily. 

"If they do that wrong, they could like kill you in some way. And it can just be really, really deadly if I didn't get insulin for like an hour," Lily explained. 

We spoke to Doctor Parham Jaberi, Director of the Chesterfield Health Department. He oversees the nurses, who train the school caregivers. 

Dr. Jaberi says, to his knowledge, there were always two legally qualified people at the school to handle a diabetic emergency. And he says one of his nurses trained the two people now in place. He gave us documentation to show what their training involved. 

"Had an emergency arisen, I feel confident the public health nurse had done adequate training to respond to these children's needs," said Dr. Jaberi. 

We wanted to ask school leaders about the allegations, and about why parents weren't told of the change in staff. We had to go to a meeting to track down the superintendent, school board members, and the public information officer, but when we asked questions - they all chose not to comment. 

NBC12 will continue follow this story, We will continue to ask questions and we will bring you the answers when we get them. Since we broke this story Tuesday night, we have been contacted by numerous Chesterfield families claiming their diabetic children have had problems getting care guaranteed under the law.

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