About four years ago, doctors diagnosed Kira with an extremely rare disease that attacks the body's life-supporting functions.
So when members of the Chicago Police Department recently learned the police sergeant's daughter had asked for a horse, they gave her the next best thing: a surprise visit from two police horses.
Connected to a ventilator and flanked by family and hospital staff on Wednesday, Kira emerged from Advocate Children's Hospital Park Ridge to meet Mahoney and Marvin, horses from the department's mounted unit, in a grassy area outside.
Kira was diagnosed in 2009 as one of about 75 people in the world with ROHHAD, or, rapid onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation and autonomic dysregulation. Doctors say there is no known cause or cure for the disease, which impairs autonomic nervous system functions such as breathing, digestion and heart rate.
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