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'Rescued dogs stopped my daughter from having seizures'

SUE-Ellen Thompson became a foster carer to help animals, but she ended up helping her daughter in a way she never could have imagined.

Madison, 12, has type-one diabetes and was experiencing seizures every week.

The medication she was on wasn't controlling the seizures.

It wasn't until her mum signed up to be a foster carer with the Friends of RSPCA and that she was around dogs more that her seizures finally stopped.

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"It must have something to do with being able to help these surrendered dogs... a sense of accomplishment," Sue-Ellen said.

Ms Thompson had looked into buying a special dog that would support Madison's condition, but at a sum of $20,000, she said it was unlikely to happen.

Foster carers Sue-Ellen and Madison Thompson, 12.
Foster carers Sue-Ellen and Madison Thompson, 12. Tegan Annett

"I wanted to help out the animals too and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try to find a dog in Gladstone that might be able to help Madison. I didn't know how likely it would be to find one... but I haven't even had to."

While Madison still has an insulin pump, her life isn't confined by a plague of seizures anymore.

She and her mum Sue-Ellen are caring for a litter of husky-kelpie cross puppies that was surrendered to the Gladstone Pound last week.

A BIT RUFF: A litter of five husky-kelpie cross pups was surrendered with their parents to the Gladstone Pound.
A BIT RUFF: A litter of five husky-kelpie cross pups was surrendered with their parents to the Gladstone Pound.



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