Dog helps boy with cerebral palsy walk

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Maine (WILX) -- One boy from Maine with cerebral palsy was told by doctors that he would never walk again, but his family says thanks to his dog he can.

Step by step Hunter and his service dog Wendy are working on his stamina.

His parents remember getting Wendy from the service dog project in Massachusetts when Hunter was 7 years old.

After a year of training, Hunter could take Wendy to school with him.

She now helps him get up and down the stairs.

Even with Wendy's help though, doctors said Hunter would still need hip surgery with the chance that he may never walk again, but Hunter's surgery went well, and he's crediting it all to his previous work with Wendy.

"He's more independent, he can run around, he can walk around without her and play dodgeball. He's playing soccer. Stuff that he probably would not have been able to do wheelchair-bound. And Wendy did that," said Hunter's mom Kelly Vanbrocklin.

Hunter's mom also says while they give him the tools to succeed, his own drive and determination really helped him pull through.