Boy with diabetes, 14, 'treated like a terrorist' at the Eiffel Tower because security guards were suspicious of his insulin pump
- Family of five, from Baden in Austria, visiting the French capital last month
- Security guard was concerned by Samuel's insulin pump
- The boy's mother said: 'Such a thing should not happen again'
The family of five, from Baden in Austria, was visiting the French capital last month.
A female security guard was checking the family's backpacks for weapons and explosives when the insulin pump was discovered inside 14-year-old Samuel's pocket.
A boy with diabetes was 'treated like a terrorist' at the Eiffel Tower because security guards were suspicious of his insulin pump, his family said (File photo)
'My son took the international diabetic identification and showed it,' Samuel's mother Bettina told Kurier.
She added: 'The lady hit the card from his hand and shouted at him in French.
The security guard also came across the Type 1 diabetic's emergency syringe, blood glucose reader and test strips before denying him access to the attraction.
'My son was treated like a terrorist! Such a thing should not happen again,' she added.
A female security guard was checking the family's backpacks for weapons and explosives when the insulin pump was discovered inside 14-year-old Samuel's pocket (File photo)
The management of the Eiffel Tower has been contacted for comment.
Since returning home to Austria the family have written a complaint about the guard and delivered it to the Austrian embassy in Paris.
'We don't want other sick children to have to experience similar treatment,' Bettina said according to The Local.
The family say they will not be returning to Paris in a hurry.
France stepped up security at all its tourist attractions and official buildings worldwide after terror attacks by the so-called Islamic State group in Paris last year left nearly 130 people dead.
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