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Knox County family raising money for daughter with rare form of epilepsy

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Haley Jordan Martin has suffered from what her family calls drop seizures. She's broken several bones when they happen without warning.

"The diagnosis is a rare form of epilepsy they can't control," said Jordan's father, Shane Martin.

But specially trained dogs can sense these seizures before they happen. The challenge for the Martins is that the dogs cost thousands of dollars.

"Our goal is to ask the community to help us. $13,000 is a lot of money but when a lot of people are in it together I think we can raise it. They've never had anyone not raise the money," said Martin.

The Martins are working with the 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio.

"Once you raise the $13,000 they will go ahead and train the dog and place it in your home," said Martin.

Her care requires full time attention. Her mother quit her job and her father is a pastor, and works two other jobs to make ends meet.

"Like any parent would do, you go beyond the norm for your children," Martin said.

She is 13 but her family says they have to treat her like an infant.

"She was having over 100 seizures a day and in turn has caused brain damage. It's left her mentally retarded and cognitively less than a one year old," he said.

So they're hoping a service dog could at least provide peace of mind that for years has eluded them.

To donate, visit www.razoo.com/jordansdog or send a check to 4 Paws for Ability, 253 Dayton Ave, Xenia, Ohio 45385.

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