Girl recovering from transplant finds comfort in four-legged friend

Gia Biondo adopted a dog from Columbiana County Dog Pound after finding comfort with a hospital service animal

Gia Biondo, who was recently released from the hospital after receiving treatment for Chronic Pancreatitis, adopted a new friend at the Columbiana County Dog Pound.
Gia Biondo, who was recently released from the hospital after receiving treatment for Chronic Pancreatitis, adopted a new friend at the Columbiana County Dog Pound.


LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – A 9-year-old girl from Chardon who spent nearly a year in the hospital has found her new best friend.

Gia Biondo was recently released from the hospital after receiving a transplant that removed her pancreas, spleen, appendix, gallbladder and some intestines. She was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitis, and while she was living at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital going through treatments, a service dog was the only thing that put a smile on her face.

“They connected right away and every day since then, Gia was able to start smiling and be happy and had something to look forward to every day. The dog would come scratching at our door, and it was great,” said Gia’s mother, Leanne Biondo.

On Monday, Gia was able to adopt her own friend — a dog named Macy — from the Columbiana County Dog Pound. Gia said she wants to have Macy bring joy to other kids at the hospital like the service dog did for her.

Gia Biondo, pictured with a service dog at the hospital
Gia Biondo, pictured with a service dog at the hospital

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