Minden Boy Who Suffers from Epilepsy is on a Mission

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

His mother calls him her little angel. But Louis Navin is growing up. And the Pinon Hills Elementary School student wants to be able to do things without his parents' constant help. So far, it hasn't been easy.

"Louis was born with epilepsy. He also has to wear his oxygen 14 hours a day," says Andi Navin, Louis' mother.

Two years ago, doctors implanted Louis with a generator. When he gets seizures, someone has to place a magnet over his chest, which sends electronic impulses.

"And you will see him as he starts to have a seizure, the second you put the magent on him, he relaxes and lays back down," says Andi Navin.

That's why it's Louis' dream to get a service dog.

"The dog would later be trained to wear the magnet on its collar and then if louis had a seizure the dog would lay its head on his chest and stop the seizure if the parents are not in the room," says Andi Navin.

And Louis' dream may come true. He's already found the perfect pet.

"The dog they picked out is a chocolate lab. Her name is Button," says Andi Navin.

"I thought it was very awesome and I liked it," says Louis Navin.

The only problem now: the dog costs $10,000. But Louis is determined and has already reserved her.

"Oh this is really exciting for Louis. Because Louis is such a great kid. And the opportunity for him to have even more access to the school environment with the use of a service dog would be fantastic for him and a great learning experience for all of our students as well," says Rommy Cronin, principal of Pinon Hills Elementary School.

Button is being trained in Las Vegas right now. She should be done with that and ready to join her new family in Minden in June.

For more information on Louis or to help donate, head to www.louisnavin.com

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