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Parents: 2nd grader with diabetes struggling with care at school


The school year is off to a rough start for a Chesterfield family fighting to make sure their daughter's medical needs are being met. NBC 12 first shared Lily's story with you last school year when the problems first surfaced. Now - her parents fear the situation will only get worse.

A Chesterfield family says they thought all of their problems were resolved now that it's a brand new school year. But so far - not so good, they say, when it comes to the medical care their daughter needs at school.

Second grader Lily Waehner could easily explain to you her diabetes diagnosis, as she did with NBC12 a few months ago.

"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," she said.

Last year, she had to sit out the last week of school after her primary caregiver left unexpectedly. Her parents spent the summer negotiating to ensure staff members were properly trained this year to offer care. But this week, they got a call.

"[The school official said] 'we went ahead and gave her insulin' and I said 'why did you give her insulin, she's not supposed to get insulin at this time of day,'" said parent Catherine Martin.

It equates to an overdose since Lily had gotten a shot that morning. Then, the next day at school something else happened.

"We checked the records on her insulin pump and her glucose monitor and discovered she had been given no insulin at all," Martin said.

Both incidents made Lily sick. Her parents say the problem is this year a school nurse is only on site three days a week and on the other two days, non-medical school staff are caring for Lily.

In a letter from the state, officials refused to share the extent of training that staff received. Lily's parents want a school nurse staffed at the school every day.

"A child who is diagnosed at 19 months with diabetes and endures five shots and 10 fingerprints a day as an infant has been through enough," Martin said.

Friday, school officials said they could not go into detail about the medical care provided to any student, including Lilly. Even though her parents say they thought they had come to an agreement on the treatment she needs at school, they're afraid this first week proves there needs to be a better

NBC12 is waiting to hear back from Chesterfield Schools on whether they will staff a school nurse at Swift Creek throughout the week.

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