Microcephaly: Versailles Boy Needs Seizure Dog Training

5 years 11 months 1 week ago March 21, 2011 Mar 21, 2011 Monday, March 21 2011 Monday, March 21, 2011 5:57:00 PM CDT in News
By: Sarah Hill
loading

The condition is called Microcephaly (micro-sef-uh-lee), and according to the Foundation for Children with Microcephaly, it affects up to two and a half percent of the world's population. Microcephaly is a neurological disorder where the head circumference is less than it should be. 19 month old Zayden Rayl of Versailles can't walk or talk, but his parents hope his story will speak volumes about a condition that's killing children.
....and a way man's best friend could help.

Heidi and Kyle Rayl had hoped their son would grow up to play football, but at just 19 months old, Zayden is fighting for his life. With limited vision and stiff muscles, even simple movements can be difficult for Zayden's small brain. "They said he'd never read, write, walk or talk, and they said we'd be blessed if he lived to be two," Heidi Rayl said from their Versailles home. "We're almost 19 months so we're going to prove them wrong. "

Less than two years old, Zayden's already suffered hundreds of seizures. Sometimes, they occur several times a week. With his seizures, Zayden can stop breathing and his parents have to resuscitate him.

"Microcephaly affects more children than Autism, but it doesn't have the awareness. No one knows about it, " said Heidi Rayl. "For the kiddos who are very sick, it's noticeable. For some kiddos, all you notice is a small head because 'Microcephaly' all that means is small head. "

Zayden is learning to walk with a walker. His tiny steps are huge strides, but each seizure can be a step backward. Zayden's parents never know when they're coming. The Rayls are hoping "Gru", a 12 week old old yellow lab, can be the warning that will alert them when Zayden is seizing, precious time that will allow them to start oxygen earlier.

Selling bracelets, the Versailles community managed to raise enough money for a down payment on Gru. The dog recently came to live in Versailles and has already alerted the family to one of Zayden's seizures.  But if the Rayls can't raise enough money for Gru's additional training in Colorado, Zayden's mom says they might not be able to keep him.

"No matter what the future holds. No matter what happens. He was perfect for us."

For information on Microcephaly, go to the Foundation for Children with Microcephaly. For information on Zayden's Fundraisers, go to Zayden Rayl's Fundraising Site.

Zayden's mom says any excess funds raised will go to the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation to help other kids like Zayden get their own life saving friends.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Attorneys for a man charged with killing a retired Missouri State University professor say they will enter... More >>
25 minutes ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:00:55 AM CST in News
JENNINGS (AP) — Leaders of a St. Louis-area school district are investigating after a substitute teacher gave more than 30... More >>
2 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:31:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man has been convicted of fatally shooting an acquaintance and dumping the body... More >>
4 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:13:09 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Workplace discrimination was the topic of conversation on the Senate floor for close to five hours Monday... More >>
10 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:04:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Local marijuana legalization advocates are heading to the state capitol Tuesday to lobby members of the Missouri... More >>
10 hours ago February 28, 2017 Feb 28, 2017 Tuesday, February 28 2017 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:38:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A local cleaning company is washing its hands of dirty business, but probably not for the last time.... More >>
15 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 7:54:00 PM CST in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge said the state Corrections Department intentionally delayed fulfilling a Sunshine request for the... More >>
16 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 7:19:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri public defender system says Gov. Eric Greitens' proposal to restore some of its budget... More >>
16 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 7:06:56 PM CST in News
ROLLA - Determination, courage and spunk run in Danny Shelton's blood. But factor IX, a vital clotting protein, does not.... More >>
16 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 7:05:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for more state troopers after experiencing a decrease in applicants.... More >>
16 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 7:05:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed bill will introduce the idea of charter schools in the state of Missouri. Missouri... More >>
17 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 6:06:00 PM CST in News
KINGDOM CITY - The North Callaway R-1 School District decided to move to a four-day school week for the 2017-2018... More >>
18 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 4:39:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) Three people are facing charges after being arrested at a St. Louis rally in support of LGBTQ... More >>
20 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 3:23:25 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - New nationwide standards for staffing fire departments suggest Columbia needs 95 more firefighters. This number comes from... More >>
20 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 2:51:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Results from the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI), show that advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs,... More >>
21 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 1:52:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Passengers at Columbia Regional Airport (COU) will soon have more flight options. United Airlines confirmed it will... More >>
22 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 1:01:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - "Not enough time" is one of the most frequently-used reasons to not exercise. What if I told you... More >>
22 hours ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 12:59:00 PM CST in News
ST. JAMES (AP) — An elderly husband and wife are dead after a head-on crash in central Missouri. The... More >>
1 day ago February 27, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Monday, February 27 2017 Monday, February 27, 2017 9:46:22 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
12pm 70°
1pm 72°
2pm 75°
3pm 76°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
NBC News Special: Presidential Address
9:30p
The Wall
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Riverdale
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld