10 Jan Macie’s Smart Pup
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.
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