In the 1920's children dying from diabetic keto-acidosis were kept in large wards, often with 50 or more patients in a ward, mostly comatose. Grieving family members were often in attendance, awaiting the inevitable death. In one of medicine's more dramatic moments Banting, Best, and Collip went from bed to bed, injecting an entire ward with insulin. Before they had reached the last dying child, the first few were awakening from their coma, to the joyous exclamations of their families.
Do I love diabetes? No. Am I grateful for diabetes? Not really. But I am grateful that it is now a disease that is managed and not a disease that kills.
Sir Frederick Banting was born November 14, 1891.
November 14 is also World Diabetes Day.
Because of this man's accomplishment he saved, and continues to save, millions of lives.
My daughter is one of those millions.