Published: 27/03/2014 16:00 - Updated: 27/03/2014 14:22

Magic is Claire's life-saver

A DOG named Magic has proved a real life-saver to his owner.

Claire Moon and Magic with Giles Hamilton and Dr Claire Guest. Photo by Daniel Forsyth.
Claire Moon and Magic with Giles Hamilton and Dr Claire Guest. Photo by Daniel Forsyth.

Claire Moon has type 1 diabetes, which in her case is particularly aggressive, but her life has been transformed by her golden labrador, who is trained to detect changes in her body odour which are a sign of a looming hypo, a potentially fatal dip in her blood sugar level.

The UK charity Medical Detection Dogs trained and paired Claire with Magic and it will do the same for another type 1 diabetes sufferer in Moray after Forres-based diabetes healthcare technology firm AccuNostics pledged to meet the £11,000 cost of training a dog.

Claire told her remarkable story to 70 healthcare, business and diabetic-related representatives at an event this week hosted by AccuNostics, which is based at the Forres Enterprise Park.

Giles Hamilton, AccuNostics chief executive, said: "We want to lead by example so we’re funding the £11,000 it costs to train one of these dogs.

"Someone’s luck is going to change for the better," he added.

To read Claire and Magic’s story, and to find out more about the charity Medical Detection Dogs, pick up the print version of ‘The Northern Scot’ tonight.

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