Nina Wadia faced ‘angry’ diagnosis from doctor after son’s ‘eyes rolled back in his head’

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He ended up injecting insulin 11 times a day

Nina Wadia

10-year-old Aidan had been vomiting constantly, was experiencing an insatiable thirst, and looked skeletal despite having a healthy appetite, wolfing down five meals a day.

Nina had done everything she could to prompt a diagnosis, even visiting the prestigious Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in search of the truth. 

Yet no one could tell her why he was suffering so much. 

After a short period of recovery, he felt well enough to join Nina, her husband Raiomond Mirza, and the couple’s daughter Tia on holiday – and they were all relieved to finally be jetting off on their dream holiday to Thailand. 

“We were ziplining, jumping off cliffs,” she reminisced of the first few days of their action-packed break. 

“Aidan was absolutely fine for the first week.”

Then matters took a turn for the worst – and the anxious mum was forced to watch helplessly as her son collapsed unconscious on the plane home, his eyes rolling back into his head. 

Once home, all he wanted to do was sleep – and by the time the family found St Mary’s, a hospital with “a really good paediatric unit”, her son was so weak that he had to be carried up the steps. 

Nina revealed the doctor who finally diagnosed him seemed “quite angry”, turning to her and asking, “Did you not know he’s Type 1?”

They were finally advised that Aidan, whose blood sugar was by now “through the roof”, had diabetes, putting an end to an entire year of uncertainty.

 “I was completely destroyed,” Nina recalled in a conversation with The Mirror. “How could I have not known? We’d been taking him to the doctor, we’d been doing all the right things.” 

 It was believed that Aidan may have caught a virus which attacked his pancreas and killed off the insulin-making cells, as there was no family history of diabetes. 

Sadly, tougher times were to follow.

 “[He ended up] injecting insulin 11 times a day and stopped eating snacks at school as there wasn’t time at break to inject, wait 20 minutes until he could eat, then get out to play,” Nina shared of her “depressed” son’s ordeal. 

 He had also been going through agony taking the constant finger-prick tests that doctors required, as he was “so skinny”. 

 Then she discovered a wearable glucose monitor called the Dexcom G6, which could detect his glucose levels through a sensor and send them directly to an app without the need for drawing blood.

Even better, she could connect her smartwatch to it.

 “Aidan teared up and just buried his head in my chest – we were all crying because that’s what I desperately wanted for him, some sense of relief,” Nina explained.  

Now she is calling for the “lifesaver” Dexcom G6 to be accessible to all, adding, “I am desperate for this to be available on the NHS.” 

The technology has transformed the actress from a nervous wreck who was waking up “every three hours to check he’s still breathing”, to a confident parent who even felt able to remove her watch for Strictly rehearsals earlier this year. 

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