Family of shooting victim asks for help getting service dog

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It has been one year since Antonio Reese was critically wounded in a shooting in Lexington.

His family says the incident changed their lives forever. Reese’s mother, Tara Murillo, says her son has had four surgeries and will need at least one more. She says now, he must wear a helmet any time he is walking around. “Our rule is feet on the ground, helmet on the head,” says Murillo.

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She says during his treatments occasionally a medical service dog has been brought in. “While Antonio was in the hospital for one of his many stays, he was visited by that physical therapy dog; it brought joy to his face – something that is often masked with pain.”

The family says after consulting with physicians, doctors told them a medical service dog would be good for the boy.  In that spirit, the family is hoping people will visit their gofundme page to make a donation towards purchasing a dog for Antonio. Murillo says it will cost around $20,000. She says she has had to quit her job to take her son to his many medical appointments.

If you are interested in donating, you can visit the page at https://www.gofundme.com/Antonio.