Krista and Lewis Keeble. Picture by Peter Boam.
AN URGENT appeal has been issued for the return of the diabetic equipment, which transformed the life of promising teenage Isle of Wight footballer.
Medina College student, Lewis Keeble, 14, who plays for his school team despite Type 1 diabetes, recently returned to the changing room to discover his £2,500 insulin pump had been stolen.
Lewis, who moved to the Isle of Wight from Staffordshire last year, had settled in well at school and is studying for his GCSEs — his concentration and health transformed by the equipment, which automatically delivers precise doses of insulin to control blood sugar levels.
Instead of monitoring his blood sugar and manually injecting himself up to six times a day, the insulin pump did it for him.
Lewis had left it in the school changing room on Tuesday last week, which was not locked during the game. When he returned mobile phones and personal items were untouched — the only thing missing was the equipment which is the size of a pager.
Lewis, from Lower Bettesworth Road, Ryde, said: "I hope it’s just a prank. I really want it back and I hope someone can find a way to make that happen."
His mum, 38-year-old Krista, said: "The Isle of Wight NHS Trust was fantastic in coming up with the funding for this piece of equipment but it took some time. We hope it comes back, by whatever means.
"It means so much to Lewis."
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