Coleman Teen Saves Classmate’s Life


It was a typical day at Coleman Junior High School.

Edgar Nunez, 14, and his buddy Jacob Diaz just finished their first day of basketball practice and were sitting down in science class.

As the lesson continued, Edgar noticed something unusual about Jacob, “He asked our teacher if he could go to the restroom every five minutes. If he could go get a drink every once in awhile.”

It was something that may not get the attention of anyone else but to Edgar, it reminded him of his twin brother, Cesar who was diagnosed with diabetes a year and a half ago.

Edgar said to Jacob, “I told him, Jacob we’re going to go down to my Mom’s room after class. I’m going to go and check your blood sugar and see if everything is alright.”

Edgar’s Mom, Nora Nunez told the boys to take a trip to the the school nurse’s office.

Debbie Rosales, the nurse at Coleman Junior High School says, “I feel like because of Edgar’s quick recognition of the elevated blood sugar and getting him here as fast as he did, it could have possibly saved his life, Jacob’s life.”

Jacob Diaz remembers how he felt, “Tired, thirsty, my head hurt a little, and I was hungry.”

Edgar adds, “He was all droopy and stuff, it was like he was fading. His skin color was like fading away.”

Edgar kept his mother, Nora Nunez, the ESL teacher at the school in the loop with Jacob’s condition.

“‘Mom, it’s high.’ So, I went ‘how high it is?’ He goes, ‘it didn’t register.’ When he told me that, I knew. I just knew it was not good,” says Nora Nunez.

After checking Jacob’s blood sugar, Rosales called his parents and then 911. He was rushed to Coleman County Medical Center where he was stabilized. But, the situation was so serious the medical team contacted Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. 

Mike Nunez, Edgar’s father works across the way at Coleman High School and describes the severity of the situation, “It was so high that Cook’s had to come on a jet team to take him back.”

Jacob survived after having a blood sugar level of 1400 which is considered extremely high.

At Cook Children’s, Edgar was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. His condition lead to some changes in his diet and at school. He now has to check his blood sugar multiple times a day and take insulin shots.

However, without Edgar, many say Jacob might not be sitting in class today.

Edgar doesn’t consider himself a hero, “‘I heard you saved someone’s life.’ I was like, ‘oh my gosh. I just took him to the nurse, Dad. I didn’t do anything special,'” says Edgar.

“It was unbelievable. Unfathomable. The pride I had. I can’t even explain it,” says Mike Nunez, Edgar’s father.

Edgar says, “The first day he comes back, man. He’s like a brand new kid.”

This life lesson even taught Edgar’s twin, Cesar that his brother has a big heart.

“I didn’t think he paid attention to my stuff. It was pretty cool,” says Cesar Nunez.

Edgar learned how to look for those signs and symptoms at Cook Children’s shortly after his brother was diagnosed with diabetes.

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