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Magical moment when a paralysed girl meets her new service puppy for the first time

A 6-year-old girl paralysed after a car accident met her service puppy last week. The pair bonded instantly, so it looks they're going to be best buds for a very long time.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 27/08/2020, 12:00

Memphis Hamman, 6, was involved in a multi-vehicle collision near Palm Beach, Florida, USA, last June. She suffered a punctured lung, a displaced neck, and a fractured spine.

Love at first sight

Doctors managed to save Memphis, although she did lose the use of her legs. There's a chance Memphis could walk again, but her road to full recovery could take years.

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Thankfully, Memphis has lots of support from doctors, nurses, and her family. And she's also got an extra special friend to lend a helping paw. Her name is Juliet, and she's a four-month-old Golden Retriever service dog.

The pair met for the first time last week, and it was pretty much love at first sight. Memphis's mother, Gayrene Meade, told PEOPLE:

"Juliet took one look at Memphis Rose in her wheelchair and jumped onto her lap licking her and cuddling. My daughter is a dog lover. She smiled brighter than I have ever seen. It was a magical moment for me after a horrific few weeks."

So much more than just a helper

Juliet is now finishing off the last part of her training.

After graduating from the service dog academy, Juliet will know how to turn lights on and off, tuck Memphis into bed, and even call for help in case of a medical emergency. But most importantly, Juliet will be the best friend that never leaves Memphis's side!