A best friend is someone who has helped us change ourselves and our whole life for the better, and fifth grader Bella from Ipswitch, Massachusetts, found one in a Great Dane named George.
When she was just two years old, Bella’s parents, Rachel and Ed, received a bad news—their little girl was diagnosed with Morquio syndrome, an inherited condition that mainly concerns the patient’s metabolism. Patients with Morquio syndrome lack enough substance required to break down long chains of sugar molecules. It shortens the patient’s life span and causes a lot of other health issues.
Because of the disease, Bella lost the ability to walk on her own. She had to sit on a wheelchair or use crutches to move around. But just this year, everything in the girl’s life changed.
Bella’s mom decided to find her girl a canine friend, who could help Bella endure the hard life of being a victim of Morquio syndrome. They went to the Service Dog Project to look for the perfect dog for Bella. Most of the canines just ignored Bella’s presence—except for one, and that was George, a 131-pound Great Dane. The pup looked curious and attentive and was gentle with Bella. It was enough proof for Bella’s mom that George would be the best choice.
Bella gave up her crutches since she met George. Her new best friend gladly goes everywhere Bella wants to as long as they’re together. He guides her on her way to school and stays with her in every activity she does.
Bella says of her buddy, “I lean on him like a crutch!”
Bella’s encounter with George brought incredible changes in her life. When their inspiring story was shared on the Web, it quickly went viral like wildfire.