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Trinity community raises funds for Baby Jones' diabetes app

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The Trinity community has pulled together to help a well-known family buy a life-saving device for their baby boy, who has diabetes. It's called DEXCOM CGM G4, and it has already saved their baby's life once. 

Adam, or Baby Jones, is laid back, loves veggies, and watches Max and Ruby. 

"He's a normal happy baby most of the time," said his mother, Melanie Jones. 

Recently, his parents noticed he was becoming lethargic and flushed.  

"He was diagnosed on January 23rd with juvenile Type One diabetes," Melanie said. 

The Jones took a four-day crash course at Texas Children's Hospital to learn how to make the changes to care for Baby Jones. 

"He's so tiny that he can't tell you like a normal diabetic can tell you," Melanie said. 

The only option for monitoring his sugars while Melanie and Steve, who is the Trinity Police chief, worked full-time, was an app called DEXCOM CGM G4.

"It's an idea of how he's doing throughout the day," said Jones. 

They were given a loaner for a short amount of time. It would alert them of his fluid levels via IPhone, but it would cost them thousands.

The app consists of a receiver, a sensor, and a transmitter. Baby Jones wears the sensor on his arm, and his parents get continuous alerts as his glucose levels fluctuate. 

Melanie knew they were in dire need of having the app permanently when Adam had a near death experience. 

"The thought of putting you sweet toddler to bed every night, and you don't know if he's going to wake up tomorrow," Melanie said. 

Several friends turned to Facebook on the Jones' behalf after hearing his story. 

"They didn't ask for the help, but we knew they needed it," said Donna Hester, a friend of the family. 

She was hard at work at her salon today with some of the same clients who donated to Baby Jones' glucose monitor.  

"I knew they would donate if I told them, and I would have the money in 10 days. I had it in nine," Hester said. 

The Jones' were reluctant to accept the help, but saving the thousands to purchase the app would take a long time and put the baby at risk. 

"We both had to suck up our pride to know that we had to take care of our baby and they helped," Melanie said. 

Adam wears his sensor daily and will be insulin dependent for life, but the Jones' have the community's support through the continuous journey. 

"We're kind of like all a big family," Hester said. 

Hester said the community has fundraisers when people need help.

"The blessing is immense. You can't relay the feeling that somebody got together and did that for you," Melanie said.

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