EPILEPSY sufferers will benefit from an incredible public response to a story about a Great Dane's ability to detect seizures in a three-year-old toddler.
Brianna Lynch suffers from four different types of seizures, most of which tend to happen at night.
But Charlie, the family dog, can detect that she is about to have a seizure and will pin the child gently to the wall -- not leaving her until somebody comes to her assistance.
Brianna's story, which has captured the hearts of the public, has helped to raise €18,000 to purchase a new EEG ambulatory machine.
Her mother, Arabella Scanlan, was delighted. "The generosity of people has been unbelievable," she said. "People who suffer from epilepsy don't speak about it because it is taboo."