11-year-old Gabriella suddenly lost 95% of her vision this past July. It turned out that Gabby has a rare genetic eye disease that has caused blindness in seven generations of their family.
Sadly, Gabby had a massive fluid build-up under her retina which caused it to shred into layers. This resulted in loss of vision, vertigo, migraines, and anxiety. Gabby had to have major eye surgery this past November.
Now she is recovering, but thankfully she has a lot of support. Not only does she have her family behind her, she also has a furry best friend named Hannah. Hannah, a St. Bernard, is by Gabby’s side every second of every day.
When Gabby started losing her eyesight, she also lost a lot of friends. She stopped doing things that she once loved and became very depressed.
This has not been an easy road for Gabby. She went from running around on a soccer team with dreams of one day becoming an Olympic soccer player, to now having to learn how to walk with a cane, read braille, and write using adaptive equipment.
Luckily, Hannah has given Gabby a sense of comfort and confidence. Now they are working on getting Hannah trained as a service dog to help Gabby be as independent as possible!
But Hannah isn’t the only one doing the saving; Hannah was rescued herself from a bad breeder. She was kept confined in a backyard and was only bought for breeding purposes. She was in very bad shape, underweight and matted.
Luckily, Gabby’s family saw her and decided to adopt her. The second Hannah saw Gabby, she rolled right onto her back for belly rubs. They knew she would be a perfect fit for their family.
Today, Hannah helps Gabby navigate without bumping into walls. She also braces her and comes between her legs and stands there until Gabby calms down with her dizziness. Once Hannah is trained, she will be able to help Gabby even more.
These two are the best of friends, and it’s amazing how they’ve rescued each other!
Watch their story in the video below:
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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