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Life is like a box of chocolates, or perhaps like poker. Sometimes you have to make the best of the hand that was dealt to you. There are plenty of things in life that we cannot control. However, there are still those that we can control, and we must focus on them to help us with the challenges we have to hurdle.

Take for example the case of 15-year-old Martina Baker. She was a typical teenage girl doing teenage things. Nothing was out of the ordinary – until one fateful day. She woke up with hives all over her body. Her throat was swollen, and it was difficult to breathe. She was having an anaphylactic shock.

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Martina and her mother, Loretta Morse Leighton, went to almost all specialists to figure out what was wrong with her. They went to a cardiologist, an oncologist, and even a psychologist. None of them can figure out what was wrong with Martina. Then they were referred to an immunologist, who finally found out what was happening to her.

It turned out Martina has a very rare condition called Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS. This type of condition makes Martina allergic to virtually anything. She was then allergic to strong smells like chemicals, perfumes, and even high temperatures. Being exposed to these stimulants can send her into anaphylactic shock and could die if she did not receive treatment quickly.

However, they did not give and she fought her condition. Loretta reached out to organizations to find a service dog for Martina. Then came Caiomhe (pronounced as “Queeva”). We all know that a dog’s nose is as accurate as human’s eyes. Caiomhe has been trained to warn Martina if there are scents that can possibly trigger her allergies.

At first, Caiomhe was sent Martina’s clothes to make the pup familiar with her scent. Then, Caiomhe was trained to sniff the chemicals and other scents that could send her new owner into anaphylactic shock. So basically, Caiomhe can smell the stimulants way before Martina, and the pup will warn her that a stimulant is present.

With the help of Caiomhe and everyone for doing away with substances that can trigger the seizures, Martina can enjoy life without worrying. She now has a fighting chance to survive in the world. Thanks to her hero pup and her powerful nose.

Thanks to our friends over at Good News Network for sharing the original story.

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