Jacksonville boy with epilepsy calls dog ‘guardian angel’

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When first reported, Ryan and Ruby’s Go Fund Me page was at $1,625.

In the past 48 hours, our viewers have helped raise approximately $630.

But, Ryan and Ruby still need your help.

Ruby’s seizure dog training costs about $2750, which Ryan’s mother Stephanie said is much needed.

The training will teach Ruby the proper commands and skills needed to attend school with Ryan in the fall.

Ryan said his hope is have her go to school with him because she reminds him to take his medicine, alerts others when he is having a seizure and comforts him in stressful situations.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A twelve-year-old Jacksonville boy with epilepsy wants the help of a four-legged friend to help save his life.

“He (the dog) alerts me to know that something’s wrong with him, and to get help,” said Stephanie Blattner, mother of Ryan Blattner who suffers from seizures.

She said her family’s German Shepard named Ruby lets her know when her son Ryan is about to have a seizure.

She recalled the first time Ruby helped notify her.

“I said RJ, what are you doing? And he didn’t respond to me. She was nudging and hitting her nose on his hand and I finally got him to sit and lay down and she’s alerted several times since,” said Stephanie Blattner.

Ryan was hospitalized in September of 2014 after a Grand Mal seizure. During his hospital stay he received a German Shepard stuffed animal to help him relax, something he said had an impact on choosing Ruby.

Ryan said, “Well going through all of the dogs I saw before seeing Ruby, I thought all of them were adorable. Once I saw Ruby….I knew she was the one.”

Ryan said Ruby not only helps him cope with his seizures, but also is his best friend.

She helps him every day, which he said, “She sometimes nudges at me, or she tells me to go take my meds or that I’m having a seizure sometimes.”

Ryan’s seizures often happen when he has a growth spurt or is at school, making it hard to recognize. But with the help of Ruby, some of those worries will be put to rest.

Stephanie said, “knowing that he’s going to be okay,…..for my peace of mind.”

The Blattner’s hope to send Ruby to seizure service dog training so she can attend school with Ryan, however said lessons cost up to $2500.

“Our goal is for her to be in school with him and to let him know it’s okay,” said Stephanie.

Once Ruby is fully trained, some of her tasks will include alerting others when Ryan is having a seizure, and bracing him for a fall afterward.

Ryan and Ruby have a go fund me page to support the costs affiliated with the service dog training. Their goal of $2500 is close, but they still need help.

They currently have raised $1625. To donate to their cause visit:
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