A 26 year old diabetic groom-to-be has died after he decided to use cheaper insulin drugs so that he could save money for his wedding.
Diabetic groom-to-be Josh Wilkerson who he was no longer covered by his stepfather’s private health insurance after he turned 26, could no longer afford his nearly $1,200-a-month (£990) insulin and so he decided to take an over-the-counter brand of insulin sold at Walmart in Virginia, US.
According to his mother, he decided to go for the over-the-counter brand recommended by a doctor instead of his pricey prescription brand because he was saving up for his wedding while working as a dog kennel supervisor.. Tragically, Josh died on June 14.
His mum, Erin Wilson-Weaver, told the NY Post that she’s still in mourning, but she’s determined to raise awareness in his memory.
“It didn’t work for his body,” she said.
The over-the-counter medication takes longer to become effective than the “analogue” insulin Josh had been taking before.
Josh was due to marry fiancée Rose Walters, 27, who is also a Type 1 diabetic, in October. She too switched to the cheaper brand.
“We figured, hey, it’s $25. We can do that, and we’ll just work with it and try to do the best we can,” she told the Washington Post.
The couple were due to marry in a rustic barn house and hoped to save money for it with the cheaper medication.
One night, he complained of stomach problems but promised to take his insulin before signing off, the Washington Post reports. In the morning, when she called his phone and he didn’t pick up, she became worried and rushed to where he was staying to discover that Wilkerson was unconscious on the floor.
He had suffered multiple strokes and was in a diabetic coma, his blood sugar 17 times what’s considered normal.
The staff at the hospital had never seen a blood glucose reading so high, his mum claims.
Josh’s brain had been fatally scarred from multiple mini strokes that must have happened before he was found.
His brain couldn’t heal itself and he died five days later.