When Jessie Leigh-Jay Ashleigh took her frail 3-year-old daughter to hospital on Monday, with a suspected virus – as diagnosed by her local GP – little did she know her daughter was mere moments away from death.
Jessie’s daughter Mia is currently being treated in a Sydney hospital’s intensive care unit and has now been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A condition that will affect the toddler, and her family, for the rest of their lives.
Jessie, from North St Marys, on Sydney’s outskirts, said she wanted to share her story with to warn other parents to follow their instincts when it comes to the health and well-being of their children.
“Follow your instincts. If I hadn’t followed mine yesterday I would have lost my daughter,” she said.
Jessie says her daughter started to show signs of being unwell on Friday, “She wouldn’t eat, just constantly wanted to drink water or sleep. She wasn’t her happy bubbly self.”
“She was fully toilet trained, but for these three days would always wet herself every two minutes. The next day [Saturday] she woke up and she was still the same but this time vomiting everything she drank back up, a lot more weaker than the day before. We took her to the doctors. And he told us she was coming down with a virus and there are more symptoms to come. So he gave us a script for medication,” Jessie shared via social media.
"Sunday morning she was worse and couldn't stand on her own without wobbling. Wouldn't walk to anyone. Could just get her to take one step and then she'd fall. She was so weak. She lost all colour, went pale and had grey bags under her eyes. I thought, 'This isn't a virus'," Jessie wrote.
"I got her medication, and started it straight away. Less than an hour later (at this time we were at her cousin’s 2nd birthday) she vomited again. And I thought, 'That's it, I'm taking her to the hospital.' And so we did," the message read.
Jessie said medical professionals knew something wasn’t right from the moment she and Mia presented to hospital.
"They took her straight in, asked us questions, what's been happening, how long has she been like this etc. So we told them. And also mentioned we were told it was a virus she had caught. Well, a few minutes later, bloods taken and test done (with struggle as her veins were so thin and blood was so dry), she was diagnosed with TYPE 1 DIABETES. I was shocked," Jessie explained.