The Highbridge family of a dad of four, whose life was tragically cut short at the age of just 33, are trying to raise awareness of the hidden condition that killed him.

Craig McAllister passed away on April 2 2021 as a result of Diabetic Ketoacidosis, a condition which affects people with type 1 diabetes if their body starts to run out of insulin.

He complained of 'man flu' like symptoms before he died, according to sister Leanne Preston.

Craig was due to be looking after his daughters over the weekend and it was only when their mum said that she had not heard from him for a few days that the family realised something could be wrong.

He was found dead above the pub where he worked and lived in Birmingham, having been on furlough at the time.

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Miss Preston said: "People who have type 1 diabetes and live alone as Craig did are at risk of this happening to them. It's not spoken about enough. We want to do everything we can as a family to raise awareness.

"He would have felt tired as a result of the DKA. He had said to a colleague that he felt like he had man flu."

Craig, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 20, was also the father of two boys and his family say is incredibly missed.

Miss Preston said: "Craig was the most lovely, caring person. He put his kids and family first and he was such an amazing dad.

"His smile would light up every room he walked in."

Craig’s mum Ann Morgan, his brother Michael Bryan, sister Cheryl Fullilove and Miss Preston, are now organising a charity bingo evening in his memory for Diabetes UK.

It takes place at Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday, August 13 from 7pm

Miss Preston said: "Diabetes UK has been amazing and we've had terrific support from local businesses donating prizes as well."


What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?


The NHS says Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious problem that can happen in people with diabetes if their body starts to run out of insulin.

When this happens, harmful substances called ketones build up in the body, which can be life-threatening if it's not found and treated quickly.

Symptoms include:

  • needing to pee more than usual
  • feeling very thirsty
  • being sick
  • tummy pain
  • breath that smells fruity (like pear drop sweets, or nail varnish)
  • deep or fast breathing
  • feeling very tired or sleepy
  • confusion
  • passing out

For more information consult the NHS website.