Local girl with epilepsy needs funds to train dog companion

Local girl with epilepsy needs funds to train dog companion (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local family is reaching out for help to help a young girl struggling with a challenging medical condition.

The little girl is able to get great medical care thanks to the wonderful medical providers in the local area but she lives with a condition which has her family worried about her every day.

Andi has been diagnosed with epilepsy, a condition that causes seizures in the brain.

“Andi was diagnosed at 20 months,” said Andi’s mother, Jessica Ober.

Now, at age four, Andi is clearly old enough to be independent, which is why a dog from “4 Paws for Ability” could really make a difference in being a constant calming companion for Andi.

“We serve children with disabilities and veterans,” said Kelly Camm of 4 Paws for Ability.

The dogs are trained to sense when something is wrong and help keep kids out of danger.

Laurie Herrell says her 4 Paws dog “Jerbil” has made a big difference for her son Rickson who lives with Autism.

“He would have autistic meltdowns so we couldn't go anywhere, we couldn’t go to the store, we couldn't go anywhere to eat, and Jerbil goes everywhere with us now,” said Laurie.

But the training is costly. Andi's family needs to raise $17,000 to assist with it.

The companion would need to be trained to help her avoid falls and other injuries, such as the ones that recently put Andi in the hospital.

“We think a service dog really is the best choice for her, to give her the best quality of life, and keep her as safe as possible,” said Jessica.

It's clear once the dogs are trained, they loyally protect and serve their companion.

Andi’s family hopes a dog could serve in ways that people just can't.

You can find a link to help donate to Andi's dog fund here.

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