While the world was panicking about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this eight-year-old kid named Mia Vane is fighting for her life. Mia got diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a cancer of the blood that affects the bone marrow. When she got diagnosed with such a disease, Mia left school to focus on her healing. But like any other regular kid, she wants to have a dog as her companion.
With Mia’s condition, she should not be exposed to anyone for fear of contracting the COVID-19 virus. If this happens, this would be fatal for the girl. Even minor injuries could send her to emergency care, so everyone should be cautious.
So far, Mia is responding to the medications her doctor gave her. However, if the girl’s family wants a full recovery, Mia should undergo a bone marrow transplant. While bone marrow transplant is an option, this is incredibly risky given the girl’s young age.
Mia’s family is no stranger to the kid’s inkling of dogs. This is why Mia’s aunt, Blake Brady, produced a video to nominate the kid for the program offered by the 4E Kennels Healing Hearts Program (4KHHP). The 4KHHP Kennels rewards service dogs to families who need one. In the United States, a trained service dog often costs around $25,000, which is a hefty price for Mia’s family.
Jeanette Forrey of 4KHHP’ has been training Dougie, a Goldenpoople puppy, for persons with special needs. Fortunately, Mia falls under the persons with special needs, so she is eligible for 4KHHP’s program.
When Mia and Blake appeared in the Good Morning America show, this was also the day that Mia would meet Dougie for the first time. When the girl met the dog, Mia could not believe it because she knows that hiring a service dog is costly. Fortunately, 4KHHP found Mia deserving to win Dougie as her service dog.
Credits to Good Morning America.