Miller Cen­tre pa­tient de­nied see­ing- eye dog

Caplin Cove na­tive has been blind since birth

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY ANDREWROBINSON

Pic­tured on Kim­ber­ley Rob­bins’ lap­top com­puter is her Siberian husky, Duke, a hand­some dog, for cer­tain.

Rob­bins, a na­tive of Caplin Cove, on the north shore of Con­cep­tion Bay, has not seen him in more than 100 days, since en­ter­ing the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Cen­tre in St. John’s, where the 29-yearold is be­ing treated for mus­cle spasms that have be­come pro­gres­sively worse over the last seven years — they cause her to fall out of her wheel­chair at times.

But Duke is not just a dog she val­ues as a com­pan­ion — he’s her seeing­eye dog.

Rob­bins, who was born blind, de­vel­oped trans­verse myeli­tis in 2004.

The neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der caused by an in­flam­ma­tory process af­fect­ing the spinal cord has forced her to use a man­ual wheel­chair in tan­dem with her guide dog ever since.

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