Service dog helps girl with rare disease thrive
This week, millions of Americans are recognizing Rare Disease Day, and one local family wants the world to know about a rare disease affecting their 10-year-old daughter, and a huge new helper by her side.
Bella Burton is just 10 years old, but already, she's faced more challenges than most. She suffers from a condition called Morquio A.
"I can't walk as good or anything," she said.
"Morquio Type A is a rare disease that is due to the fact the body is missing an essential enzyme," said Children's Hospital Dr. Catherine Nowak.
The disease is so rare that only 3,000 people are living with the condition worldwide
"At school it's so hard that she feels so different," said Bella's mom Rachel Burton. "She would love to play on the playground like the kids do, jump off the slide like the kids do, run and play tag like the kids do but those are things she can't do."