Diabetes Undetected: Emma Douglas.
"A female Royal Navy officer with a promising career before her was left to die on the floor of her cabin because colleagues thought she was drunk.
An inquest jury blamed a series of mistakes yesterday for the death of 29-year-old Lieutenant Emma Douglas in a diabetic coma when her life could easily have been saved."
Emma was found on the floor of her cabin, deep in the throes of DKA due to her undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. According to the article, after losing weight and diagnosed with oral thrush, "The doctor advised her to rest and return if the symptoms persisted but failed to suggest a urine test for diabetes." On the day she slipped into a coma, a midshipman who saw her on the floor assumed she was drunk and closed the door without checking on her. She died soon thereafter.
People desperately need to be educated about the symptoms of diabetes, and the symptoms of high and low blood sugar. If the doctors and shipmates of Emma had been more aware, they could have saved her life.
My thoughts and prayers are with Emma's family today.