Teen Takes Life With Prescribed Insulin

It was a discovery that rocked a community. A missing teen was found dead.

A month and a half ago, Brandon Kamphaus was found in a field, near a dirt road in Fremont. Thursday night, Brandon’s mother Julie told Channel Six News the 16-year-old took his own life by injecting too much insulin.

Brandon Kamphaus left behind his mother Julie, father Kevin and 13-year-old brother AJ. Kamphaus was a driven leader on the soccer field and in the classroom, his principal Chuck Story said.

"He was a strong student; he had high expectations for himself and for other students in the school,” Story said. It’s a rough start for Story during his first year as principal of Fremont High School but the school and community are rallying support for one another. Story said Brandon left behind many friends. "You never truly lose the memories of someone like Mr. Kamphaus,” Story said.

And that's what makes Brandon’s suicide so tragic.

His mother Julie said Brandon succumbed to depression because of his diabetes. No one in the family knew he was suffering from depression, she said. The teen never opened up about it.

Brandon was using an insulin pen to dial in the dosage. A local pharmacist told Channel Six News self-administering insulin isn't uncommon. That's because of the demands diabetes can take on the body. To stay healthy, it means a strict schedule of eating and dosage.

In the end, it's a reminder for parents to be aware the toll diabetes can take on a young person.


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