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12/27/2007

Seizure Dog Needed To Help Young East Texan

An East Texas family needs your help. Sid and Paige Krajca's daughter Aley suffers from autism and epilepsy. Even though they have constant help for the care of Aley, she has up to 60 seizures per day. But a new dog might be just what she needs.

"She was recently diagnosed with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome which is a seizure disorder. Any type of seizure you can think of she has experienced and continues to," Paige Krajca Aley's Mother.

Behind her beautiful smile, a five year old with a fighting spirit.

"I mean a five year old little girl you so badly want them to be like every other normal child and run and play. You just want the best for your daughter and I cant imagine what she goes through in her little mind," said Paige.

Aley's had seizures since she was 1. Any of the nearly 60 per day could possibly shut down her heart or brain.

"Medicine after medicine, I mean if you miss a dose of medication what could happen," said Paige, "Always focusing and paying attention making sure that everything is perfect and right. It was very scary we were calling ambulances. In and out of hospitals, testing her medication levels. Trying to balance that out for her."

Aley has gone through extensive therapy and has recently learned basic things like walking and talking.

"It is very saddening to see your own child, your sibling to go through such medical trauma. Constant trips to the hospital, constant therapy," said Paige.

"Paige has called me on numerous weekends at 1 or 2 in the morning. The last two times they had to revive Aley in the ambulance trying to get her to the hospital. And so that is a scary thing as a parent, as a father. I don't know how that they are able to cope on a constant basis," said Shane Morgan, Pastor, Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville.

Shane Morgan has taken it upon himself and their home church to help.

"Try to take away some of the burden. That way they don't have to deal with it all on their own," said Shane, "As a father or a mother put yourself in her shoes how you would feel if you didn't have the resources available to get done what needed to be done."

That resource comes in furry package through 4 Paws For Ability.

"We need help with the dog to better Aley's life. The dog costs $14,000. It is a multi task dog," said Paige, "It will detect her seizures. They detect it by the chemical imbalance of the child."

The dog will also help Aley build confidence and be a companion to a little girl rattled daily by her condition."

"Alley will deal with her seizures and her autism for there rest of her life and this dog could be a lifetime companion for her. I think the dog will do wonders for her," said Paige.

"For us to sit by complacent and do nothing about it. I believe it is a sin against humanity not just a sin against those people in particular. I believe it is a sin against humanity to do everything we can to help those kids," said Shane.

Though they have a long way to go they are hopeful their goal will be reached.

"No matter money how much that dog would be I believe it would be worth it just to save her. Another hour another minute," said Shane.

If you would like to help with the cost of Aley's dog you can go to www.4pawsforability.org.

There you can pay online through Pay pal or send them a check. You can also call Hilltop Baptist Church in Berryville to help.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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