A little girl in Georgia is kept alive by her pet dog who follows her with an oxygen tank wherever she goes.
The cross-bred poodle-retriever, Mr. Gibbs, carries the oxygen supply 3-year old Alida needs to combat a rare breathing disorder- neuro-endocrine hyperplasia- a life-threatening condition which affects her lungs. This rare condition causes diseased pieces of the lungs to filter oxygen through extra layers of cells making it hard or almost impossible to breathe.
AdvertisementAlida is permanently hooked up to an air tube and could die without it. She was diagnosed with this rare disorder when she was just 8-months. Her parents got the idea of her paramedic pet after watching a US TV documentary about guide dogs. Mr. Gibbs has been trained to shepherd Alida wherever she goes.
The damaged tissue in Alida's lungs is not growing. So her parents hope that as her lungs grow and the healthy tissue increases eventually Adida may be able to do without the oxygen during the day.