Smart Pup for Macie

Smart Pup for Macie

Macie is a 17 month old amazing little girl who always has a smile on her face despite a host of medical issues. She lives in Mackay QLD with her mum and 3 siblings. After a complication free pregnancy, Macie was born at full term and was undiagnosed breech, unfortunately medical intervention was not possible resulting in Macie having a difficult birth with an extended period of time without oxygen. This led to complications with her health, she started having seizures within her first hour of life and has officially been diagnosed with epilepsy and Hypoxia related brain damage.

28.29% Raised
$5,658.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
32 Donors

Macie has been unable to swallow or suck since birth and has relied on a feeding tube to sustain her life. She was recently given a mickey button PEG, a permanent form of feeding tube surgically placed into her stomach.

From the very beginning Macie has showed sheer determination to exceed all medical expectations, it was presumed she would be unable to roll, crawl or walk and was intially diagnosed with Level 4 Cerebral Palsy. Macie has slowly made progress in these areas although delayed for her age and her diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy has been downgraded to level 2.

Macie also has horners syndrome which affects her eyes and could possibly cause vision issues in the future and she has recently started to lose some of her hearing and is unclear how this will impact her future.

Macie has spent a large part of her short life either in hospital or attending therapy, drs and specialist appointments, some of which require her to travel to other parts of the state. It is due to her lack of immune system that results in her constantly picking up various ilnesses and virus’s and only recently had a quite severe viral infection causing her to be flown by royal flying doctors service to Townsville ICU.

A seizure response assistance dog we feel would have a tremendous impact on Macie’s day to day life allowing her family peace of mind knowing her seizures which are unpredictable could be detected. As well as offering Macie companionship and emotional support for whatever her future holds for her.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

Smart Pups Team

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! Your ongoing support goes towards training each Assistance Dog for a child with special needs. You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

  • Sharon Davey
    Posted at 15:54h, 10 January Reply

    With Love x

  • Julie
    Posted at 21:33h, 10 January Reply

    Love you Macie Moo …#determination💚💜

  • Graeme & Lyn Connors
    Posted at 17:00h, 31 January Reply

    The Atherton family are a beautiful family and they have had their share of sadness – I could not think of anything more beautiful for Macie then to have a canine companion to watch over her.

    • Chloe Atherton
      Posted at 11:46h, 01 February Reply

      Thankyou so much xo

  • Rebecca Tweddle
    Posted at 11:21h, 04 February Reply

    Thinking of you

  • Sara Groenewold
    Posted at 20:30h, 04 February Reply

    Want macie to hav the special dog she needs 2 live & hep her hav a better quality of life.

    I wanted to hav mine made a mind dog to help but haven’t bn able to do so sadly.

  • Holly Connelly
    Posted at 00:15h, 05 February Reply

    With love from Holistic Child Support Services – Week two of our fundraiser.
    Special thanks goes to our clients last week:

    Rasha K $10
    Melissa P $5
    Ankita J $10
    Teenah J $10
    Hollie and Casey K $5
    Lori P $5

  • Jenny Moohin
    Posted at 09:25h, 08 February Reply

    I have donated on behalf of my daughter Chelsea who has gotten to know Macey and her family. Chelsea loves this little 😇 A small donation can change the life of this little fighter. Please help❤️

  • Holly Connelly
    Posted at 10:40h, 13 February Reply

    Week three of our fundraiser! Love from Holistic Child Support Services!

    A special thanks to our clients who booked with us last week!

    Ankita J $10
    Amy G $10
    Rasha K $15
    Melissa P $10
    Hellen M $5
    Talia H $5
    Hollie & Casey K $10
    Lori P $5

  • Wendy Dodd
    Posted at 14:28h, 13 February Reply

    Good luck Macie! Hope you raise the funds you need xx

  • Rhonda Bryan
    Posted at 19:09h, 13 February Reply

    With love from Rhonda and Kim Bryan xx

  • Jessica Barr
    Posted at 23:44h, 09 April Reply

    Just a mackay local who saw your story on the news. I’ve seen first hand the value of assistance dogs. All the best.

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