McKinley Chambers was rigged as he lay in a diabetic coma in a park
McKinley Chambers collapsed and was left lying on the ground when his blood sugar level plummeted after playing football.
He suffers from type 1 diabetes but did not realise he needed a sugar hit when he decided to stay in the park on his own before cycling to his granddad's house last Sunday.
When he failed to arrive McKinley's granddad Luke, 50, went looking for his grandson and found him lying in Queens Walk Recreation Ground, Nottingham.
While the teenager had slipped into a potentially fatal diabetic coma his bicycle was stolen and his phone smashed.
Shockingly, the machine monitoring McKinley's blood sugar level had also been broken and was lying in pieces next to the youngster's unconscious body.
His mum Charlene dashed to the scene and gave her son a glucagon injection, which helps raise blood glucose levels.
Mr Chambers dialled 999 and McKinley was rushed to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham where he was put on an insulin drip and stayed for two nights.
Today his shocked mum Charlene Chambers, 31, blasted the thieves, saying they “left McKinley for dead”.
They just walked up to him, took his bike while he lay there dying
Mum Charlene Chambers
The single-mum, who is also a trainee nurse, said: “I feel disgusted. I don't want to live in this area.
“They left my kid to die. They just walked up to him, took his bike while he lay there dying.
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“If my dad had had not gone up to the park I would not be living, because I would not want to live if my son had died.
“It was the most vulnerable time of his life and no one was there to help him.“
McKinley had been cycling to his granddad's house for tea at 5.20pm when he decided to stay and practice his football skills.
Forty minutes later McKinley came round in his granddad's arms.
The sports-mad youngster said: “I was playing football on the park and I don't remember anything after that.
“I remember being carried from the park by my granddad.
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“I am upset that no one helped me and no one called the ambulance.
“If my granddad had not have found me I would have died on the park and no one would have known."
His disgusted mum posted a message on Facebook about the mugging and since then an anonymous person returned his bike to the park.
A Nottinghamshire Police are calling for witnesses to the incident in a bid to catch the thieves.
The thieves who stole from the 13-year-old after he fell dangerously ill are being hunted by police
A spokesman said: “Officers are investigating a report of a bicycle stolen from a 13-year-old boy in Queens Walk Recreation Ground in The Meadows, Nottingham, just before 2pm on Sunday 9 April 2017.
“It's believed the boy had a medical episode and fell from his bike.
"It was reported that while he was on the ground unknown offenders have searched his bag and pockets and stolen his bike.”
Remy Anthony, diabetes specialist nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals, said: “We are pleased that McKinley has recovered and is doing well at home.
“Severe hypoglycaemia, low blood sugar, can be potentially fatal if left untreated.
McKinley did not realise he needed a sugar hit when he decided to stay in the park before cycling to
“Children with type 1 diabetes experiencing a low blood glucose level can appear shaky, pale, sweaty, dizzy, disorientated, or if severe may collapse or have a seizure.
“They require immediate treatment with quick acting glucose, lucozade, glucostabs or fruit juice are the recommended treatments.
“If left untreated the child could then collapse which could lead to death.
"However, if unresponsive the child should never be given something to eat or drink.
“If found in an unconscious state by a member of the public who is unsure of what to do, an ambulance should be called immediately to provide the necessary treatment.”