Dear, Script Writers, Producers, BBC Management and all those involved in last nights episode of Eastenders.
I was shocked and saddened by the joke Kim made in last nights episode about Children With Diabetes.
Putting aside for just one moment the fact that it was factually incorrect, let us first try to establish what it is about Children with diabetes that you find so amusing.
Take a good long hard look at this image, of a child lying in Intensive Care after a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. (By the way this is the type that well over 90% of children have in the UK). Unfortunately 25% of children are not diagnosed until the condition becomes life threatening despite it being simple to test for. In fact each year children are dying due to a late diagnosis. Is this what you find so funny?
Or maybe it’s the children that are having to inject themselves 4 or 5 times a day. Can you remember how you felt when you took your child for their vaccinations? Now imagine having to inject your child multiple times a day for the rest of their life. I tell you what this Diabetes lark is sounding like a right hoot isn’t it?
Children with Type 1 Diabetes have to prick their fingers on average 10 times a day…it hurts. Even babies, take a look at this image of a baby doing a blood glucose test. Is this amusing?
How about the children that have had to make the Hobsons Choice between multiple injections every day or to wear an Insulin Pump, that constantly feeds insulin into the body? A device that is worn 24/7. These children are kept alive by a machine.
Take a moment to think about all those children that are bullied in the play ground because when other children hear the word “Diabetes” they presume the child ate to many sweets. Why would they think that? Well because of the media and people like you, who do not differentiate between the types of Diabetes, and continue to perpetuate a myth.
Finally maybe you find it amusing that in the last few days, Drew Turville, a young boy who had Type 1 Diabetes, died. He had simply contracted a regular stomach bug. Catching a simple stomach upset can quickly become a life threatening condition for all children living with this condition.
I could go on and on but I think you get my point.
I would complain to Ofcom but I know what will happen, I will receive a nice letter talking about Artistic Licence. Tell me one thing though before you give me that response. Would you for one moment make a joke about Cancer or any other life threatening condition? No you wouldn’t, because it would be inappropriate. It was a sick joke!
Think about all these children for just one minute. Know that Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune condition, none of these children did anything to cause Type 1 Diabetes, they didn’t eat to many sweets, and their parents didn’t do anything wrong either. Type 1 Diabetes can affect anyone, it doesn’t differentiate.
Now tell me honestly don’t you think these children deserve an apology from you, for making a sick, factually incorrect, cheap joke at their expense.
A Mother Of A Child With Type 1 Diabetes.
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