Alyssa Rojas is just 10 years old and she has already had more than 7000 finger pricks and 4000 insulin injections to manage her diabetes. Now, for security when Alyssa is sleeping or away at school, her parents are trying a new way to manage the disease.
Reba, a German Sheppard, is a trained diabetic alert dog. Instead of just friendship, Reba will provide a sense of security for Alyssa, even at school.
The American Diabetes Association says diabetes alert dogs are trained to sense when blood sugar is low and bark to get help for that person.
To get this constant life-saving companion, it carries a price tag. For the Rojas family it cost about $7500.