11 September 2019

Teen reveals dog has given her the strength to walk, cycle and swim

A teen born with a rare and progressive muscle wasting condition, who expected to end up confined to a wheelchair, has revealed how her Great Dane has ...

a teen born with a rare and progressive

muscle wasting condition who expected to end up confined to a wheelchair has revealed how her Great Dane has helped her embrace a normal life appearing on Channel five documentary dogs with extraordinary jobs Bella Burton 13 from pleasant lake New Hampshire revealed how four-year-old Great Dane George gave her the strength to walk without using crutches Bella was born with more Keough syndrome which severely limits her mobility and her mother Rachel revealed that she needed crutches by the age of ten and was told that she'd soon be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life however Bella whose legs had been wasting away was able to support her weight after six months with George my leg muscles got really weak and it was hard to walk but once I got George it kind of forced me to walk she explained Bella was matched with George while working at the service dog project in nips which Massachusetts [Music] she recounts the dogs running away from her when she first joined the center known for matching people who have disabilities with Great Danes Bella said

when I started to volunteer at the service dog it was just fun because I got to spend time with all of my favorite animals all of the time it didn't seem like work it kind of seemed just like hanging out with all my friends and the animals I'm an animal person so I liked all of the dogs but none of them really liked me it's because of my voice it's like high-pitched thought after a while George was the only dog who would stay in his kennel when Bella entered she continued at first he started to run off and then slowly after a while he just stayed [Music] and then I would be brushing him out and he wouldn't let me leave dot like he either blocked the door or try to sit on my lap so that I couldn't believe then we started to take him home for weekends and stuff we'd hang out and play he'd get used to the family and then after a while he became mine dot Rachel was apprehensive that Bella would be able to control George as at the time they were paired she was just 40 pounds meanwhile he was 130 pounds Rachel said George knew what Bella needed and right when

she needed it if she needed to walk slower George would slow down so that they could walk right side by side if she was having a good day and could walk faster he would walk faster he knew what she needed right when she needed Bella's doctors were surprised by how her lag definition improved along with her mental outlook the 13-year old said the Great Dane who received an award for his help towards her can be protective Rachel said a lot of kids by 13 with more kyo are confined to wheelchairs already Bella was told she'll never ride a bike and she was determined to get on a two wheeler and ride a bike George likes to stay right nearby he chases her and runs alongside he tries to keep up with her wherever she is we were told she'll never be able to swim now watching her out there kicking diving doing flips it's amazing the strength she has with George now her ability to just be a kid is awesome she likes to prove everyone wrong and do things she is told she'll never do he has given her independence she's able to now walk around the house without George

[Music] she can walk up and down our stairs without a lot of help whereas three years ago a lot of these things she couldn't do social media users were impressed by how George helped to transform Bella's life and took to Twitter to praise the canine one person said watching dogs with extraordinary jobs is literally so heartwarming other added it's actually amazing what dogs are capable of with the right sort of training who knows where we'd be without them what is more Gio syndrome more keo syndrome also known as mucopolysaccharides type 4 is a rare inherited birth disorder the syndrome is an autosomal recessive trait meaning both parents must be carriers of the gene that causes more kyo for their child to be diagnosed with it it is caused by mutations in the Gowans gene or the GLB one gene which provide instructions for producing enzymes that break down long sugar molecule chain known as glycosaminoglycans these molecules build a number of different body parts including skin tendons ligaments cartilage and bone it't estimated to affect 1 in 250,000 births

with symptoms appearing between ages 1 and 3 signs and symptoms short height abnormal bone development easily bendable joints knock needs large head with a very short torso because of the lack of enzymes more kyo can damage a child's physical capabilities and cause enlarged organs scoliosis a heart murmur and breathing problems [Music] there is currently no cure for more Keogh syndrome correct treatment options include enzyme replacement therapy gene therapy and bone marrow transplants [Music] cognitive function is not affected by more kyo but life expectancy could reduce depending on how serve the symptoms are source national in