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Insulin pump stolen from rec centre

An insulin pump like this was stolen from the Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex. - File
An insulin pump like this was stolen from the Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex.
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Ten-year-old Chiara Demaere was going for a quick swim with her mom at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex on Thursday, Feb. 10.

When she left for the pool, she inadvertently left her insulin pump in the dressing room at about 6:15 p.m.

The pump ensures she has the right level of insulin in her system. Without it, she could go into shock.

When she returned at about 7:30 p.m., someone had stolen the $7,000 device, leaving her to inject insulin every few hours.

Chiara's mother Kelly reported the theft to police, who after interviewing staff and cleaning crews at the pool, determined the insulin pump was stolen.

The insulin injector is a "Paradigm Pump" model #722, manufactured by Minimed Medtronics. It is blue, five by three inches, with a digital screen and white buttons.

Serial number #498768.

Anyone with information of its whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 604-599-0502.

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