One Little Girl’s Lifesaver Wears Fur
Meghan Weingarth, a cute little 7-year-old girl from Suwanee, Ga., has tuberous sclerosis complex, a disorder that causes seizures, as well as a life-threatening allergy to nuts. Luckily for her, her best friend has a nose like no other, 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute as our own. Meghan’s best friend is LilyBelle, a goldendoodle who not only sniffs out life threatening nuts, she’ll also alert her to seizures and is her constant companion.
There was a time when things were much more difficult and Meghans smiles not so easy to come by, “Before LilyBelle things were very challenging,” said Meghan’s mom, Jennifer Schillig. “It’s great to have that peace of mind, as I know as long as LilyBelle is by her side, Meghan will be OK. With Lily present, Meghan has actually smiled during a blood draw.”
With her keen canine sense of smell, LilyBelle knows when nuts are nearby and raises a paw as a warning. And, if Meghan has a seizure coming, LilyBelle can sense that too and will alert whoever is around and comfort Meghan until help arrives.
LilyBelle accompanies Meghan everywhere, parties, school and even stays with her when she’s in the hospital.
LilyBelle’s training was sponsored by community-wide fundraising efforts — think Girl Scouts and lemonade stands — and the dog has been a “priceless” addition to the family, according to Meghan’s mother Jennifer Schillig.
“It is difficult to find the words to really explain it, but Meghan is more at ease when Lily is around. Meghan has more tolerance for medical tests and appointments. (Meghan’s) anxiety level is lower when Lily is with her,” Schillig told Suwanee Magazine. “The bond was instantaneous and beautiful. Lily definitely knows that Meghan is her person.”
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