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The impact of MedicAlert – Nolan’s story

At 10 years old, Nolan has been wearing a MedicAlert® bracelet for almost his entire life

Nolan lives with multiple food allergies, asthma, and autism. He had his first life-threatening reaction to peanuts at just six months old and his first serious asthma attack before his first birthday. He is allergic to tree nuts, sesame, and gelatin, which is an additive in many things from medicines to lollipops.

“When he first put [his MedicAlert bracelet] on, he was so little that there was almost zero chain left around his tiny wrist [the MedicAlert emblem took up the entire space],” says his mother, Michelle, from their home outside Ottawa. “I was often questioned as to why, as a toddler, he needed a bracelet because he was always with me. But what people didn’t understand was the total reassurance that his bracelet brought. What would happen if I were in an accident? Who would speak for him? The first thing people do is hand a kid a lollipop!”

His MedicAlert bracelet is engraved with some of his conditions and the words “and others.” Using those two simple words is something that Michelle wouldn’t have the confidence to do with any other medical ID bracelet because only a MedicAlert service plan includes access to their 24/7 Emergency Hotline that relays key medical information to emergency responders within an average of five seconds of a call, in 140 languages. “MedicAlert is more than just what’s engraved on the bracelet; the 24/7 Emergency Hotline is a lifeline connection to all of Nolan’s other medical needs,” says Michelle.

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