For me, and insulin pump is the best thing that could happen to me since becoming a diabetic. It has allowed be a level of flexibility and control that has never been possible before. With the pump I’ve been able to get as normal a life as a type 1 diabetic can have and I’ve been able to achieve nearly normal glucose levels with a fraction of the effort that it would take otherwise.
Steven Krueger used an insulin pump for four years after nine years of daily injections, and according to his parents “it allowed him to accomplish things he otherwise would not have been able to do as a diabetic. He received his scuba diving certificate, completed the Red Cross Lifeguard Program and earned his recreational pilot’s licence.
Steven’s pump failed by giving him a lethal dose of insulin and he died in his sleep three years ago at the age of 27, while living in British Columbia. The cause of death was confirmed by the B.C. coroner’s office. Dr. Phillip Neufeld at the Health Canada lab in Ottawa tested the pump and confirmed the failure and cited some additional interesting facts regarding the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm infusion pump, model MMT-511 that Steven used.”
Other deaths by lethal insulin doses have been recorded in the past, but the pumps have never been tested and therefore, a solid link can not be established. I must admit, however, that the thought of my pump having the potential of killing me makes me nervous.
I can only hope that Medtronics newer pumps have corrected any potential issues…