Taylor Banks, from Leigh, Greater Manchester was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged two, in 2010.
Taylor’s body experiences a severe reaction when he is injected with life-saving insulin. His parents faced the agonising ordeal of causing Taylor terrible pain and rashes every time they injected his insulin. Taylor’s Mum Gema says they were running out of places to inject the youngster.
Just before the summer Taylor’s family agreed, after meeting a specialist, that a DiaPort would be the best way forward. Taylor is believed to be the first UK child to have a DiaPort and one of only a handful worldwide.
With the DiaPort insulin is injected further into the body, to near the liver. This helps speed up the insulin’s capacity to regulate blood glucose levels as there’s no delay where the insulin would usually pass through the fat and into the blood stream.
Taylor was successfully fitted with the device at Great Ormond Street Hospital last month.
Taylor’s dad Scott said:
“It’s still early days but we’ve already noticed the changes. Most importantly Taylor’s blood sugar levels are significantly lower and much more balanced.
“He isn’t in any pain, he hasn’t had any reaction in his skin and he’s sleeping better. For the first time Taylor identified on his own when he was having a hypo, which is just brilliant.
“This progression means everything to us. We’re so grateful to Dr Amin and GOSH and all of the nurses and doctors who have helped Taylor. I just hope now that this will help him to have a chance at being a normal little boy, back in school and playing with his friends.”
Taylor is a huge Manchester United fan and JDRF organised for Taylor to receive a football shirt signed by Manchester United manager José Mourinho. The shirt included the message: “Good luck with the op my friend, hug, José!”
Jude Sutton, from JDRF’s North team said:
“Taylor, like all living with type 1 diabetes, is showing extraordinary bravery in dealing with what is a tough condition.
“His allergy to insulin makes life even tougher but we hope this positive news provides Taylor and his family with some much-deserved respite.”