Hardin Co. mother asking for help buying $15K service dog for disabled son
A Hardin County mother has a special Christmas wish for her little boy. Julee Wright sometimes has a hard time talking about her son Conner who was born 12 weeks premature.
HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Hardin County mother has a special Christmas wish for her little boy.
Julee Wright sometimes has a hard time talking about her son Conner who was born 12 weeks premature.
"He doesn't talk at all,” said Wright. “He doesn't understand his name, he doesn't -- if you ask him to do something he doesn't know what you're asking him. I mean basically, everything. He doesn't understand any of it."
Simple tasks are daily challenges for the two year old who also has trouble eating.
"He has a swallow disorder so he can only drink PediaSure, that's how he eats," said Wright.
Wright says doctors diagnosed her son with 25 disorders, including autism, chronic lung disease, and epilepsy. He uses a walker because of low muscle tone and also has seizures when he sleeps.
"He's still about 2-3 a week," she said.
That's why Wright and her husband want to buy Conner a service dog – one that will notify them of on-coming seizures and provide him with comfort.
“His safety is just the main thing. You just can't put a price on it," said Wright.
Wright says they've already been approved for the dog through 4 Paws for Ability out of Ohio.
The cost -- including food, training, housing and vet care -- is more than $22,000. Wright and her family are responsible for $15,000 of that.
But she says insurance won't help and they can't afford it on their own. So they're now using social media hoping to raise the funds.
"It would just help a lot, it's just really hard sometimes with his health issues and stuff," Wright said in tears.
She says it’s one of the only options for the family and they're doing everything they can including selling t-shirts.
"This dog is gonna be such a blessing for him," said Wright.
Once they raise the money Wright says it'll take another 12 to 15 months before Conner can get the dog.
If you'd like to help the family -- click here for the donation link.
Julee Wright told WDRB News the GoFundMe link has raised more than $2800 as of Thursday afternoon.
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