Allergy-sniffing dog might help keep NC kid safe


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Bailee's energy is endless. The 2-year-old North Carolina girl keeps going and going but all that spunk has to be contained to her home.

That means no parks, no restaurants, no grocery stores and no birthday parties.

"When Bailee gets invited to a birthday we have to decline the invitation because it's not safe for her and you try telling a 2-year-old she can't have a cupcake," said Bailee's mom Julie. "It's very heartbreaking."

At 6-months-old Bailee was diagnosed with a severe allergy to all tree nuts. And it's not just food, her allergy includes anything with a trace of nuts, lotion, shampoo, even phones.

Bailee mom lives in constant fear. "We do keep Bailee in a bubble basically," said Julie. "Just walking outside she can kind of cross something and come in contact with an acorn. We've had reactions to acorns."

When exposed Bailee can go into anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is the most dangerous of all allergic reactions, causing a decrease in blood pressure leaving the brain starving for oxygen.

"Last August we were at a friend's house cooking out and she picked up their cordless phone and started having a reaction," Julie recalled.

But soon, Bailee might have just the solution, her own "allergy alert" dog.

The family is trying to raise $20,000 to buy Fletcher from Angel Service Dogs.

This black and white Labradoodle is specially trained to detect anything containing the slightest traces of nuts

"And he would put up a barrier," said Julie. "We would say Fletcher "show us," and he would show exactly where it was."

Fletcher is trained in Colorado through Angel Service Dogs. Fletcher will be ready for Bailee by the end of June and Bailee is very excited.

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