The dogs can carry an epileptic patient's medicine and hit a button to dial 911. They also predict when the patient is about to have a seizure.
Peggy Beem-Jelly with the Epilepsy Foundation explained how dogs are able to detect seizures,
"The theory is that through their sense of smell, they can pick up on the seizure activity as it begins."
Predicting the onset of a seizure for Sam Cooper is a life-changing event.
"Being able to have some confidence at the house while doing little things such as working, sleeping. Such as, being around my kids."
Sam's has suffered unpredictable seizures since he was 8-years-old. Now he'll have a constant companion to watch over him and predict when a seizure may be coming.
"Will be able to watch me throughout the day, will help me gain some of my responsibilities back as a father. That is why the dog is such a gift."
Three families in the Pittsburgh area received dogs this weekend. The Epilepsy Foundation has an endowment fund that pays for their training.
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