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Special episode

Wed, 15th Oct 2014

Detection dogs

Claire and Medical Alert Assistance Dog 'Magic' (c) Matthew Power Photography

Whilst Magic - a young golden retriever - may love chasing a stick, curling up on a rug and enjoying a biscuit as much as the next dog, he is certainly no ordinary dog.

Trained by Milton Keynes based organisation Medical Detection Dogs, he can sniff out when his owner Claire Pesterfield, a sufferer of Type 1 diabetes, is about to suffer an attack brought on by low blood sugar levels, that could lead to her losing consciousness.

By alerting and getting assistance, this extraordinary dog helps Claire lead a more ordinary life.

Amelia Perry spoke to Claire, at Addenbrooks Hosptial, where she is the Lead Children's Diabetes Nurse...

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