The unusual symptoms leading to 7yo’s shock diagnosis
FOUR months ago seven-year-old Georgia Morris had lost weight, was constantly hungry, thirsty and cranky.
It was such a turnaround from the normally happy, healthy girl she was that mother Ashley Morris took her to the doctor.
Luckily she did.
Little Georgia was in the early stages of diabetic ketoacidosis and could have fallen into a diabetic coma.
"That meant a trip to the Gold Coast University Hospital," Ms Morris said.
"It turned out to be type one diabetes."
Type one diabetes is an auto-immune condition that attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, according to Diabetes Queensland, and can't be prevented.
It means Georgia will have to test her glucose levels for life.
Ms Morris said she needs to take insulin at breakfast, lunch and dinner and uses about 10-12 units a day on a glucose monitor.
But the diagnosis has meant Georgia is back to herself and Ms Morris says her old symptoms have disappeared.
On Saturday, Georgia, along with her mother, father John and two sisters Abbey, 5 and Scarlett, 2, visited Diabetes Queensland's first Diabuddies Day.
Dressed as Harley Quinn for the superhero themed event, Ms Morris said the day was great and they had received lots of useful advice from other families and Georgia had made some new friends.
The educational family day out was held at Nerang's Terrin Training.