Medical Minute 11-23:

By: Andrew McIntosh Email
By: Andrew McIntosh Email

Whether it's practicing Tae-Kwon-Do or wrestling around with his younger brother, 9-year-old Parker Gregory doesn't let anything slow him down.

"When I go to the pool and stuff I always like to go off the high dive," said Parker Gregory.

While Parker is full of life, he was diagnosed at age 6 with a deadly disease: Type 1 diabetes. As a nurse, Parker's dad knows the disease all too well.

"I see amputations. I see people losing their eyesight. Kidney failure, heart disease," said James Gregory.

As a father, it was tough to explain.

"I said I'm sorry and had to tell him all those needles and pricks and things that hurt would have to continue for the rest of his life."
"It's not fun at all."

But Parker is a fighter and thanks to the world's first tubeless insulin pump, Parker gets to act like any other kid his age.

"Oh I feel great just like a normal person. Except I have a pump on. It sticks to my body right here."

With a traditional pump, tubing carries life-saving insulin to the body. The omnipod, which is waterproof, delivers insulin without tubes or shots for up to three days.

"You're not pulling out syringes. You're not freaking people out with you know medical supplies."

And it's all controlled wirelessly through this hand-held device, giving kids like Parker the freedom to be themselves.

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