His Dog REFUSED To Let Him Go Into Surgery Alone… The Photos Will Give You Feels.
Nine-year-old James Isaac has had a rough time during his short life. He's autistic, and has also been prone to violent seizures that are difficult to treat. Recently, James had to head to the hospital for yet another MRI to try and diagnose his illness, and like any other nine-year-old, he was afraid.
Luckily, he had his dog Mahe with him the whole time.
Mahe is a black labrador that was brought into James' family to act as his service dog. Mahe's job is to keep James feeling safe and calm -- even when he's going through medical treatment. Luckily, his family snapped some photos of Mahe's hospital time with James, and the images are so sweet they might bring a tear to your eye.
Because Mahe is a service dog, he was allowed to accompany James on his visit to the hospital.
Mahe keeps James feeling safe, comforted, and protected throughout his treatment.
He refuses to leave James' side, even lying with him in bed.
Here, Mahe watches diligently while James is administered anesthetic.
James' parents say that their son's quality of life has improved tremendously since they brought Mahe home two years ago.
"There is such a magic that happens between a child with autism and the dogs, they just calm the kids down," said Wendy Isaacs of The Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust, who trained Mahe for six months before sending him to James. "The kids will maintain eye contact with the dog, but often not with their own parents and siblings."
Additionally, if James' seizures persist, Mahe can be trained to notice the warning signs and bark to alert James' parents.
All in all, their companionship is pretty amazing.
This brave little boy is lucky to have a special dog like Mahe by his side.