Video of a BBC interview with a man has gone viral after he claimed he'd rather potentially lose his life-saving insulin than see the U.K. remain in the European Union.
As the October 31 deadline quickly approaches, reporters from the BBC approached people on the streets of Birmingham, England, to get their opinions about Brexit.
In the video, which recently aired on BBC Breakfast, the pro-Brexiteer told the reporter:
"I'm a diabetic. I rely on insulin. But I still want to leave."
Flabbergasted, the reporter responded:
"If the insulin doesn't arrive, for you as a diabetic, you think that's a price worth paying?"
The man then basically confirmed that, yes, it was worth it, replying:
"Yeah I do. Because we voted to leave. We didn't vote for a deal. We didn't vote for anything, we voted to leave Europe, right? And that's all we want, right? We're either a democracy, or we're not."
You can watch the exchange below:
Welcome to the latest Brexit hot take: It'll still be worth it if it actually causes me to die. https://t.co/UM6DAvpRli— James Felton (@James Felton)1568894848.0
So what exactly happens when someone with diabetes doesn't take their insulin?
Well, according to diabetes.co.uk:
"We need insulin. If you don't have it, your blood glucose levels will spiral out of control. Every time you eat, they will get higher and higher. Out of control blood glucose levels can make you feel tired, thirsty, hungry, make you need to wee all the time and give you blurred vision."
"High blood glucose levels are responsible for complications, both short and long term. If you regularly have high blood glucose levels, they will cause damage to various parts of your body – from the eyes to the heart to the kidneys to the brain."
And if blood glucose levels are allowed to get too high, you can develop diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which means your blood slowly turns into acid.
The website states:
"Symptoms of DKA include vomiting, dehydration, a weird fruity smell on your breath, rapid heartbeat and confusion. If left untreated, it can lead to coma and even death."
Sounds like fun, no?
People were dubious that someone would actually allow such a horrifying death just to support Brexit.
@JimMFelton "You know what will really show the EU? A long and painful death" is my new favourite brexit metaphor— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon)1568895469.0
@JimMFelton “We voted to leave, we didn’t vote for deal” , at least he’s honest & right about that but HOW does he… https://t.co/0Mt6Gcbv1x— AnnaMarie Richard (@AnnaMarie Richard)1568895508.0
@JimMFelton @djnicholl I am sure he still wants to get his insulin but he is so far down the rabbit hole of his den… https://t.co/635OKil9l0— DAN LEDGER (@DAN LEDGER)1568896630.0
@JimMFelton in other words "I'm so brainwashed that I'm willing to die for a cause I can't explain and know little to zero about..."— Claudia Apple (@Claudia Apple)1568901267.0
@JimMFelton So this is what a brainwashed man, whose entire Brexit knowledge is selected memes from pro Brexit prop… https://t.co/LoM8e5SgM5— Ian Harris - I support the RNLI (@Ian Harris - I support the RNLI)1568895196.0
@JimMFelton @tompeck "Brexit: The vote to take back what we never lost in order to lose everything we currently have !"— Keith Lightle (@Keith Lightle)1568895913.0
Perhaps this man doesn't care about getting his insulin.
But that doesn't mean all diabetics would gladly go without.
@JimMFelton My 12yr old son has #type1diabetes. He will die without insulin. Can I have this mans insulin in the ev… https://t.co/ZyaGrwI9oj— ⚫ Sally Bradley (@⚫ Sally Bradley)1568899006.0
The lengths some people will go...
@JimMFelton Slipping into a coma and dying to own the libs— Fadi Al-Mufti (@Fadi Al-Mufti)1568895610.0
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