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Rebecca G Defeating Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes

"We are so grateful that Dr. Barrows was there when we needed him most."

On a Friday Afternoon, 9-year-old Rebecca Goodes is doing what any normal child should be doing – taking acrobat class!

But it was during the family’s vacation last spring that her mother knew something was wrong. “She had dark circles under eyes, frequent urination, extreme thirst and weight loss,” said Becca’s mom, Beth. The family returned home and immediately took Becca to The Thomas and Ann Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Department at Monmouth Medical Center. It was there that the pediatric emergency medicine team discovered sugar in Becca’s urine, which led to an unthinkable diagnosis of Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes.

Becca was admitted to The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and introduced to Mike Barrows, DO, Section Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, who specializes in the treatment of diabetes, thyroid conditions and other endocrine disorders in infants, children and adolescents.

The quick diagnosis and care led by Dr. Barrows prevented diabetic ketoacidosis and an admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). “With a truly vulnerable heart, our little girl looked up to Dr. Barrows, a complete stranger, with total trust and faith. He not only put her at ease, but committed to her that he would be by her side every step of the way. And he has been!” said Beth.

Dr. Barrows and Becca’s parents make sure that through closely monitored diabetes management, including following insulin protocol and a healthy nutritional regimen, Becca can feel great and enjoy everything she loves – including dance, acrobats and sports.

“We are so grateful that Dr. Barrows was there when we needed him most. From the first moment of the initial diagnosis, his handling of her care set the tone for Becca to feel confident that she can enjoy a fulfilling and active life as a Type 1 Diabetic,” said Beth.

Becca and her family are committed to raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and work to raise awareness of Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes.