Miller Centre patient denied seeing- eye dog
Caplin Cove native has been blind since birth
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.