StoriesParalyzed Girl Meets Her New Golden Retriever Service Dog For The First Time

September 29, 2021by admin
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On June 7, Gayrene Meade received a heartbreaking call that her mom, daughter and uncle had been in a head-on collision.

Her uncle, Kenneth Graden, sadly died from his injuries. Her mother, Tanya, shattered her knee, and her daughter, Memphis Rose, suffered a punctured lung, a fractured and displaced neck, and a fractured spine.

6-year-old Memphis went into cardiac arrest, couldn’t move, and was not breathing for nearly three minutes. A doctor started CPR on the scene until air ambulance rushed her to the hospital.

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Unfortunately, she may never recover from her spinal injury and it is likely that she will remain paralyzed. She underwent spinal surgery and a tracheotomy, and remains in a wheelchair since she is unable to walk.

Memphis had always wanted a dog and soon, her dream would come true.

Lori Griffith, founder of Chasin a Dream Foundation, which provides assistance to children with life-threatening diseases, introduced Memphis to a Golden Retriever named Juliet.

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When Griffith heard that Memphis wanted a dog, she contacted her friends at Furry Friends Rescue Center and learned that they had a confident, personable puppy.

Juliet is now receiving training to be Memphis Rose’s service dog, which will take about a year.

When Memphis Rose and Juliet met for the first time outside of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Floria, it was love at first sight.

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“Juliet took one look at Memphis Rose in her wheelchair and jumped onto her lap licking her and cuddling,” Meade told People. “My daughter is a dog lover and wants to be a veterinarian. She was so happy to meet Juliet that she smiled brighter than I have ever seen, especially after learning that the loving puppy was in training to be her service dog. It was a magical moment for me after a horrific few weeks.”

Since then, the adorable duo have been able to see each other several times, and Juliet was even able to accompany Memphis on a flight.

This is definitely the start to a beautiful friendship!

H/T to PEOPLE.

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