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Dubuque County mom says diabetic son rationed insulin, died

BERNARD, Iowa – A Dubuque County mom says her son died this year, after battling Type 1 Diabetes.

She says Jesse Lutgen died around February 7th. He was just 32 years old.

Mom Janelle Lutgen says, “I miss him every day. I think about him every day. Football season was hard because that was what he loved the most.”

Lutgen says after her son died, she discovered he was rationing his insulin.

She says, “I went into his home, and I found no Humalog or test strips… which is what he’s supposed to take each time with his meals, and I had heard through the grapevine that he wasn’t able to afford his supplies because he had lost his job and didn’t have any insurance.”

This mom says she asks ANYONE who may be rationing insulin because of how high the cost is to PLEASE get help.

If you or someone you know need help, you can reach out to JDRF Eastern Iowa. This is an organization dedicated to preventing, treated and curing Type 1 Diabetes.

Again, click here for JDRF Eastern Iowa. 

Lutgen says she hopes she can be a voice for her son and remind others that this is another example of how expensive insulin is.

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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