At 8-years-old Mia Vane was just like any young girl who played soccer and loved going to school.
However, one day things took a drastic turn.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Mia was diagnosed with a grave disease called aplastic anemia.
The disease is described as a rare blood disorder that damages bone marrow and causes the body to stop producing blood cells to fight infection, Good Morning America reported.
“I just started bruising after I was playing soccer,” Mia said. “And they just started getting all purple and stuff.”
The disorder made it impossible for the young girl to attend school because of how potentially dangerous it would be if she contracted COVID-19.
Any injury causes Mia to go to the emergency room. While medications are available for the disease, the cure is a bone marrow transplant, which can be risky.
Blake Brady, Mia’s aunt, wanted to help out and decided to send in a video nominating her niece for a service dog from 4E Kennels Healing Hearts program, an organization that pairs families in need with service dogs.
“It’s gonna let her be a kid again,” Brady said. “It’s gonna free her up to be a kid.”
One day, Mia was surprised when she received a 10-month-old Goldendoodle named Dougie. Jeanette Forrey of 4E Kennels Healing Hearts helped train the furry friend.
“What an incredible young girl defying the odds, but being knocked down again and again by something she cannot control,” Forrey said. “To bring just a small amount of sunshine and comfort and companionship to help her through the darkest days and the brightest moments is incredibly exciting.”