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Little Brianna's Great Dane is a real life-saver, says mum

LITTLE Brianna Lynch owes her life to this dog who has an ability to detect her epilepsy seizures – 20 minutes before they happen.

The two-year-old Great Dane, Charlie, is very protective of his owner anytime he senses she is about to have an epileptic fit or seizure.

The family pet will physically pin Brianna (3) from Killaloe, Co Clare to the wall and will not leave her until someone comes to her assistance.

Brianna's mother, Arabella describes the dog's sixth sense without any training as "amazing".

"Charlie is so sensitive to her needs, if the other dogs get boisterous, he will stand by her side to ensure she doesn't get knocked over," she said.

"We know when he is acting strange, she is going to have a seizure.

 

Seizures

" You have to see it to believe it," she added.

Brianna suffers from four different types of seizures.

"It is frightening because her seizures tend to happen at night," Arabella said.

I don't tend to sleep very well because I am conscious of what might happen.

"For Brianna's first seizure, she got very stiff and stopped breathing.

"She was resuscitated twice in the hospital.

"She went blue and stopped breathing, I didn't know what a seizure was and what was happening to her."

Mum-of-five Arabella said that Charlie gives the family some peace of mind.

"She is quite a complex child, she forgets to breathe and then goes into seizure. She has gone through eight different types of medicine and it now looks like she needs brain surgery," she said.

Her four other children Farrah (17), Harry (15), Mia (13) Rose (11) and her husband, Brian, are all aware that medication has to be administered to Brianna within two minutes of any seizure to sedate her.

Arabella has now joined forces with Deirdre Cullinan from Ahane, whose daughter, Mia (3) is also being treated for epilepsy, to raise €18,000 to purchase a new Ambulatory EEG machine.

This mobile recording unit can be worn for 24 hours a day, which significantly increases the chance of identifying the area of the brain where a seizure is happening.

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