Former GH Tot Ella Hulen Suffers Health Emergency! Learn More Here >>>
Two-year-old Ella Hulen, who, along side her twin Emma, played infant Donna Corinthos on General Hospital recently spent a few days in the hospital before being given a life-changing diagnosis.
The tot was admitted to the pediatric ICU in late January in diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that happens when the body doesn't have enough insulin to use sugar for energy. When there is not enough insulin, the body starts breaking down fat to use for energy. When that happens the body releases ketones into the bloodstream which turns the blood acidic.
Fortunately Ella's parents got her medical attention before her condition became life threatening and she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. It typically develops in childhood and is managed by daily insulin treatments to control blood sugar levels.
Her parent's shared a video about her hospital stay and diagnosis on the Instagram account she shares with her sister with the caption, "As a family we are grieving, but we are grateful, and we praise GOD for our beautiful children and our family."
In the video they posted, "Grieving over this diagnosis and what it will mean for Ella, and for our whole family. But we are still grateful. Grateful that we have this precious baby to love always, grateful for her strength and for hope."
The video had a collage of pictures and clips of Ella in the hospital, sleeping, and playing before rejoining her twin at the end with the conclusion, "Praise God for giving us these two precious children, and for family."