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Old 10-12-2010, 07:17 PM
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Beta Brothers Save a Brother's Life: Wabash Beta Theta Pi

A story of caring, responsible, and in this instance lifesaving brotherhood – excerpts below, much more at:

October 12, 2010
A Wabash College student's life was saved by men from his fraternity.*It was Friday, October 1, when Mark DePrez, a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, began feeling ill and decided to go to bed.
DePrez is diabetic but assumed his physical ailments were caused by a virus.*He did not realize a "perfect storm" was developing that threatened his life.
"There was a kink in my insulin pump, my blood testing meter was giving inaccurate results —everything was going bad at the same time," DePrez said.
Fortunately for DePrez, who is a junior, his fraternity brothers kept looking in on him each hour.
"They called EMS and help put me in a wheelchair so they could get me out of the building," DePrez. "I was taken to the hospital and stayed there until my mom arrived."
DePrez's blood sugar count was 1176. The medical staff later told DePrez many people become comatose when their blood sugar reaches that level.
DePrez and his mother, Mary DePrez, credit Mark's friends with saving his life.
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The Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers who helped save Mark's life included Ben Burkett, Brady Hagerty, Mark Noll, John Jurkash, and John Pennington. The students stayed with Mark while at the local emergency room; traveled to Indianapolis to be with him and his mother; and stayed in contact with Mrs. DePrez while she was en route from her home in Fort Wayne.


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Old 10-12-2010, 09:15 PM
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How awesome of them, he's lucky to have such great brothers!
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:38 PM
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Wow- that is incredible. As the wife of a diabetic this made me tear up... those are some good brothers. And that blood sugar count is off the charts. For those who aren't familiar (disclaimer: I'm not a doctor and these are rough estimates just for reference)- "normal" people usually have a blood sugar of around 80-100, diabetics aim to stay below around 120 or 140. My husband was diagnosed when he was in the high 700s, which is already coma territory. Almost 1200 is insane. He's a very, very lucky guy in many ways.
And in the years after, with tears or with laughter, we'll always remember our dear Kappa days.

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