Azlynn is a fun loving beautiful little girl who has had quite the journey in her short life. She was born in Indiana to her birth mother. At the time of birth she suffered a hypoxic event that led to her having seizures. She was then medflighted to Chicago Children’s Hospital and spent two weeks in the NICU before coming home to live with us in Wisconsin.
Azlynn is 23 months old and has been diagnosed with:
-Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy- at birth Azlynn suffered a Hypoxic event and was without oxygen for a period of time. She spent two weeks in the NICU before coming home with her parents. During her NICU stay she underwent whole body cooling to stop the brain damage, suffered from sub clinical seizures and endured many tests, MRIs and CT scans.
-Epilepsy- in her short 22 months of life Azlynn has numerous EEGs to map her brain activity and check for seizure activity. They found that even when Azlynn isn’t having a seizure her brainwaves show seizure like activity.
-Spastic quad cerebral palsy- Azlynn has been diagnosed with quad Cerebral Palsy because it affects all 4 limbs but moreso in her thighs and legs than in her arms.
-Microcephaly- Azlynn’s head has always measured on the small side and theybare currently keeping an eye on her brain growth to make sure her brain has room to grow.
-developmental delays- even though Azlynn is almost 2 years old she is the size of a 10 month old.
-gross/fine motor delays- her physical therapists have measured her at a 10-12 month old skill level as she is unable to feed herself or walk at this time.
We are seeking a service dog for Azlynn through 4 Paws for Ability. This dog will be a lifeline and will alert us to seizures day and night. The dog will also act as a service dog for Azlynn in all aspects of her life. We are hoping the dog will provide comfort for Azlynn in new and unfamiliar surroundings and keep her grounded. We are also hoping the dog will become a best friend for Azlynn and be there to comfort her in any situation.
From birth through training, the cost of placing such a dog in a family like ours is at least $40,000. We are committed to raising a minimum of $17,000 to help 4 Paws for Ability continue this vital work.
If you can help us with a donation in Azlynn’s name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page (http://www.4PawsForAbility.org/donate-now). Include Azlynn’s name in the donation. Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Azlynn’s name on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Azlynn Coleman
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
Thank you for your consideration and support of Azlynn’s journey to a service dog.