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Jakey is a beautiful and bubbly boy who, like all lads his age loves to laugh and play pranks on his Mum from time to time. However, unlike most other boys his age, Jakey is living with epilepsy and quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which makes caring for him that little extra challenging for his loving family - especially with his three noisy siblings competing for the spotlight!
Jakey is hoping for a very special friend to join his family - an assistance dog for disabled children. An assistance dog will mean Jakey is far safer - whenever Jakey has a seizure, he needs urgent attention, and having an assistance dog around will let Jakey’s mum know what’s happening she can get him the help he needs fast.
I’m writing to you today to ask if you would be willing to help Jacob get an assistance dog giving him the safety he needs.
Please read more about Jakey’s amazing story below and find out how you can help.
Jasmine and Jacob are twins who had a rough, bumpy road into the world. Born prematurely at only 28 weeks and weighing just 1.66lb each, their first 4 months of life were spent in incubators, covered in wires, fighting to live. Jasmine came home first, but had to wait patiently to be joined by her twin Jakey, who was battling to put on weight, and whose heart rate and breathing kept veering dangerously close to stopping.
Jakey’s family could do little more than watch helplessly as he was hit with bacterial meningitis, epileptic seizures, multiple operations, blood transfusions and a devastating diagnosis of quadriplegic cerebral palsy. We were quick to learn that Jakey has severe visual impairment and frequently experiences painful muscle spasms.
This was just the start of Jakey’s hardships. The months and years that followed saw many, many nights spent on Rainbow ward, where Jakey struggled to regulate his temperature or fight illness. And despite all this, there are so many more operations looming for him to get through too.
But we know this little warrior will take it ALL in his stride! Jakey has won out again and again, against everything thrown at him, and we know he’ll keep going strong as ever. No matter what comes his way, Jakey will still be there laughing his beautiful, irresistible and contagious laugh, and putting a smile on everyone’s face!
Perhaps the reason he stays strong is because Jakey is adored by his mummy and daddy, his grandpa, grandma and his aunts and uncles, not to mention his devoted twin Jasmine and his big brothers Jayden and Levi. Despite the stress, trauma and anxiety they suffered with mummy disappearing so often to support their little superhero, Jakey.
Why an assistance dog would help Jakey so much
Jakey has a truly loving family, who are doing everything they possibly can to help Jacob live life to the fullest, and be as safe as he can be. But caring for Jakey is a full-time job, and the costs of caring for him daily are already very high. An assistance dog will make things easier for the family and give them more security that Jakey is safe.
This is because an assistance dog can be trained to bark when a person like Jacob has a life-threatening seizure, ensuring that those in need are safer and can get help fast in an emergency. An assistance dog would also provide love and comfort to Jacob each day as part of the family.
However, this is an expensive process - an assistance dog needs to be trained to work with Jacob over 8 weeks before he is ready to start alerting the family (please see the photos for a rundown of costs involved), and this process is a costly expenditure that we simply can’t manage on our already stretched budget.
We really need your help to help keep Jacob safe from life-threatening emergencies.
I’m asking you to please be a part of bringing a little pup, a great joy and a wealth of comfort and safety to this gorgeous boy and his loving family. Your generosity will be a huge help to Jacob.
Thank you for taking the time to hear Jacob’s story, and thank you for your help.
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