PARMELIA youngster Kenahdy Bainbridge is looking forward to getting a special medical assistance dog after the local community raised $20,000 over the past 12 months, including taking part in a hugely popular Bogan Bingo event in Kwinana.
Kenahdy (6) has suffered from low blood sugars with seizures since she was a newborn and her parents started their fundraising campaign for the dog last October.
Her mother, Amy, thanked the community for rallying to help and said the dog would undergo an 18-month training program in Queensland before it would be available to the family.
The Smart Pups dog would detect when Kenahdy’s levels were low and alert her to check her levels.
“During the evenings Kenahdy is most susceptible to significant drops,” Mrs Bainbridge said.
“A hypoglycaemic medical assistance dog would wake her, and us, to allow us to manage her before a seizure occurs and we can act appropriately to keep her safe until an ambulance arrives.”
Kenahdy has spent a fair amount of her short life in and out of hospitals because of her condition which was a rare metabolic disorder.
“We are not even 100 per sure, it’s a suspected glycogen storage disease,” she said.
“A simple illness like gastro can put her in hospital for days before she is able to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.”
Mrs Bainbridge said the dog would undergo 11 months obedience training followed by seven months of specialist seizure response training.
She thanked her family, the local community, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, Kwinana Lions Club and Winthrop Shopping Centre for their help.