19-year old Georgia college students dies of diabetes complication
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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Looking around Marquis House's bedroom in his family's Columbus, Georgia, home, it almost feels like he's still here, like he's going to walk in the door any second.
"This is all his dirty laundry; I haven't had the heart to wash it," Chereia House, his mother, says. "This is his (insulin) pen right here. His glasses he wore to school."
House spends a lot of time in here, remembering Marquis.
"I think about him," she says. "I think about his personality."
Marquis was 19, a diehard New England Patriots' fan in Falcons' country.
He was a University of West Georgia sophomore, and a video-gamer, who still got a kick out of dressing up for the family's pajama costume Christmas photo.
Marquis was also a type 1 diabetic, drilled in staying on top of his blood sugar.
"He was diagnosed when he was 4 years old," his mother remembers. "He was doing his own injections at 4, he was counting his carbs at 5."
So, losing Marquis to a complication of diabetes?
It just doesn't seem possible.
"Because he was so on top of it," Chereia House says. "He knew what to do, he always knew what to do."
And Type 1 diabetes requires a constant balancing act, says Children's Healthcare of Atlanta endocrinologist Dr. Jessica Hutchins.
"Most kids with Type 1 diabetes are taking 4 to 6 injections of insulin a day, depending on how often they're eating and how well their blood sugars are doing," Dr. Hutchins explains.
On February 11, 2017, a Saturday night, Marquis House, alone in his dorm Continue reading