Laura dares to dive for rare diabetes

Laura Waddell
Laura Waddell

A YOUNG woman with a rare form of diabetes is set to jump out of a plane for charity.

Laura Waddell, 20, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at the age of 18, but specialists found that she didn’t quite fit the criteria of the condition and investigated genetically.

In December Laura was given a new diagnosis of MIDD, Maternally Inherited Diabetes and Deafness, which only affects around one per cent of diabetics.

It means that the Widdrington woman, who works at the Country Barn Farm Shop, has a 75 per cent chance of going deaf in the next four years, which happened to both her mother and late grandmother.

Now she is taking part in a skydive to raise funds for Diabetes UK to research rare forms of the condition.

Ms Waddell said: “Living with my condition is very inconvenient at times as socialising with my friends is difficult.

“It often means that I have to miss parties and meals out due to my blood sugar levels being too high.

“After visiting Florida multiple times with my family and enjoying all of the big thrill rides, I thought I would combine my love for heights and speed by raising some money for a charity close to my heart.

“Jumping from 10,000 feet seems pretty normal to me.”

So far she has raised just over £1,000, having set a target of £395.

The jump will take place at Peterlee near Durham on April 6. To sponsor her visit waddell