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ACT Education Directorate to review diabetes treatment procedures in schools after a teenager fell into diabetic ketoacidosis during class

by Kate Midena
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Last year, one of Canberra mother Adrian Cottell's twin girls developed diabetic ketoacidosis while at school.

When Cottell went to pick up his then-15-year-old daughter, he noticed her daughter was “incredibly sick.”

“The moment she opened the door, I could smell her very distinctive acetone, ketone smell. [smell]. And it turned out that day she had fallen asleep in class and no one had called me,” Ms Cottell told ABC Radio Canberra.

“Her diabetes management plan says to call me if she feels drowsy or sluggish, but they didn't call.”

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication that can occur in diabetic patients. When ketoacidosis occurs, the body produces excess blood acids known as ketones.

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