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SHERRARD, IL – 8-year-old Kellsey McGuire was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 18-months-old. She suffers from chronic seizures.

Brandi McGuire, mother, says, “Kellsey has had seizures in the past where she stopped breathing and she goes unresponsive and she turns blue. And we have to rush her to the hospital.”

Brandi says her daughter has had up to 90 seizures in one day. After years of sleepless nights, the family turned to Jasper, Kelsey’s service dog.

Brandi says, “It’s very important that Jasper is there. I mean he is her furry little angel. HE is the one that comes and tells us when she is having a seizure.”

Kellsey started taking Jasper to Sherrard Grade School in January, but less than a month later, the school said Kellsey could no longer bring him.

Brandi says the school told them on multiple occasions that Jasper could not attend school with Kelsey. The school district would not confirm the reason.

Attorney W. Matthew Hays of Katz Law Firm says this violates the American Disabilities Act. He says, “They will make accommodations for those with medical issues. In this instance, service dogs. They will be allowed in the facility, in the classroom and allow for, in this case, Kellsey, to save her life.”

Brandi, concerned, says Jasper needs to be with her daughter every day. And with the schools denial, she says she will continue to fight for her daughter’s rights. “What we  are hoping for is that Kellsey would have the education opportunity that every child is entitled to.”

That includes Jasper by Kellsey’s side. Brandi says, “I just keep saying he is our furry angel. He saves her life.”

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