Puppy has power to save severely allergic boy’s life
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.
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