Prices for insulin and supplies rose to about $1,300 per month, Smith-Holt said. Alec didn’t tell his mother he was struggling with the costs. He began rationing his insulin, Smith-Holt said, and died after falling into a diabetic coma alone in his apartment.
“Nobody to be there with him, to hold his hand or to call for help … and then I think about if he had never moved out, if he had lived at home, somebody would’ve, you know, seen the signs,” she said. “And I’ll probably feel guilty every day for the rest of my life.”