Miracle Flights has announced that, as National Service Dog Month begins, the nonprofit flew a little boy with epilepsy from Alaska, 5000 miles to bring home the service dog trained to save his life, the company said.
Seven-year-old Owen O´Bryan was born with Dravet Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy that affects an estimated 1 in 20,000 people in the United States. The severity of his seizures means Owen has never been alone, never slept in his own bed and never played outside unsupervised.
Three years ago, Owen´s parents applied for a specially trained service dog to help their son achieve independence. This summer, they finally got the good news from the CARES Foundation in Concordia, Kansas: Owen´s dog was ready. Owen´s family, however, was not.
The national charity provided free plane tickets for Owen and his family to make the 5,000-mile round-trip journey to bring home Juno, the seizure alert dog who is now Owen´s constant companion.
Owen is one of the many children who must fly for specialized medical needs in spite of the Covid crisis.
Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free air transportation to children and adults who need help reaching specialty medical care only available far from home. The organization, founded in 1985, has provided 132,482 flights and typically books more than 600 flights per month on commercial airlines across the United States.