Puppy has power to save se­verely al­ler­gic boy’s life

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A golden re­triever has be­come an un­likely med­i­cal ally for a boy with se­vere al­lergy prob­lems.

Ma­son Hale, from Buckie, in Mo­ray, has formed an in­sep­a­ra­ble bond with Storm, who is in train­ing to be­come his “med­i­cal dog”.

The Mill­bank Pri­mary pupil is al­ler­gic to nuts, eggs, fish, or­anges, av­o­cado, soya and la­tex.

His needs mean his fam­ily have to plan hol­i­days nearly a year in ad­vance to en­sure the six-year-old will not suf­fer a re­ac­tion.

How­ever, his mother, Kelly, and fa­ther, David, will now have as­sis­tance from a friendly Storm.

The spe­cial­ist dog, which is six months old, is be­ing trained to no­tice the slight­est change in Ma­son’s con­di­tion to en­sure he can get treat­ment quicker.

De­spite him still be­ing put through his paces, Mrs Hale re­vealed the dog has al­ready raised the alarm.

She said: “Ma­son also suf­fers ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis and was be­ing sick through the night re­cently. Storm kept run­ning from room to room un­til one of us re­alised that some­thing was wrong.”

Mrs Kelly added: “The two of them are re­ally close, they go ev­ery­where to­gether now.

“When Ma­son goes to school, Storm will sit at the door and cry for about 10 min­utes.”

Storm is ex­pected to be­come fully qual­i­fied in May.

The dog will be able to no­tice early changes in the Buckie boy’s skin, breath­ing or voice that could sug­gest he is about to have an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. Dur­ing the train­ing, Ma­son and Storm will work to de­velop the “trig­ger” that will be used to alert those nearby about the po­ten­tial med­i­cal emer­gency. It means treat­ment with an Epi-Pen can be ad­min­is­tered sooner to stop Ma­son stu­dent go­ing into ana­phy­lac­tic shock.

Mrs Hale said: “Storm has been bril­liant. It means Ma­son has ac­tu­ally started to lead a nor­mal life now be­cause he has him there.

“He’s able to go to foot­ball train­ing and do other things that he hasn’t been able to do un­til now.” are not thought to be lifethreat­en­ing.

A woman was also treated at the scene by paramedics, al­though it is un­der­stood she was not in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

Around three hours af­ter of­fi­cers were first called, Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed a 33-year-old man had been de­tained. He was later charged.

In­spec­tor Chris Kerr, who had urged wit­nesses to come for­ward, said he was grate­ful to res­i­dents for their sup­port while of­fi­cers con­tinue to piece to­gether the cir­cum­stances.

He added: “We would like to thank mem­bers of the pub­lic for their co­op­er­a­tion while in­quiries are car­ried out.”

North-east MSP Tom Ma­son said peo­ple would be “ex­tremely wor­ried” the at­tack could rep­re­sent a grow­ing trend of vi­o­lence in the city.

It fol­lows a bru­tal day­time as­sault in the Sin­clair Road area of Torry on Mon­day evening in which a man was left with se­ri­ous in­juries. Po­lice con­firmed they are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as at­tempted mur­der.

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