Vote for Jess Thomas and JODY - Call 0844 646 02 05*
A couple of years ago Jess was a patient at Birmingham Children's Hospital. She was seriously ill and the nurses were starting to worry, because she stopped fighting her illness. She was very sad and nothing could get her to smile.
A member of the hospital team contacted Pets As Therapy and asked if it might be possible for a registered PAT dog to visit Jess and see if it would make a difference by bringing some cheer back into her life. It was arranged and Dexter was taken in to meet her. It was the first time the nurses had seen her smile in a long time, and this was the first step on a long road to recovery.
Earlier in 2009, Jess again become very seriously ill with respiratory failure - she very nearly died. What spurred her on was an idea she had to help the charity that had helped her turn her life around. On her recovery, Jess decided she wanted to do something special to hilight the value of PAT dogs to people, so she took part in a tandem skydive in October 2009.
Jess and Jody continue to work together bringing the benefits that Jess received in hospital to many other children.
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Vote for Paula Cogan and BOUNCER - Call 0844 646 02 01*
Paula was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at nine months old so taking medicine and completing daily treatments became a normal way of life for her.
Her family was offered a six-month-old puppy who was the last one in the litter. Paula believed that he was the last one left for a reason he was waiting for her to arrive and take him home, so they would be able to look after one another.
As Paulas condition grew worse, she was spending two or three weeks in hospital every couple of months. During this time, she missed Bouncer so much it was hard to be away from him for so long! Her mum would bring him to the hospital in the car and she was allowed to spend a few hours with him in the park across the road.
In March 2009 the call came from Great Ormond Street. After having been on the transplant list for five months, Paula was finally going to receive her new lung. She spent 10 weeks in hospital, but for about five of these she was unable to see Bouncer.
She is now slowly beginning to regain her health and has started to teach him agility.
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