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Girl battling genetic disease has doggy wish come true

Sophia Lago, 8, gets wish granted by Make-a-Wish Southern Florida
A little girl who has been battling a genetic disease has gotten her wish granted.
A little girl who has been battling a genetic disease has gotten her wish granted.
Posted at 5:22 PM, May 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-30 21:31:06-04

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A little girl who has been battling a genetic disease has had her wish granted.

Sophia Lago, 8, of Wellington, was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition that causes muscles to degenerate and become weak.

She and her family moved to Florida from Brazil a year ago and wanted a close companion.

Sophia got her wish Sunday, provided by Make-a-Wish Southern Florida -- a teacup Pomeranian named Winnie.

She always wanted a puppy, but because of her condition, she couldn't have a big dog. So Winnie is the perfect size.

"I was about to cry because it's incredible," said Sophia's mother, Jamille. "The joy that has been brought to this kid's life, it's just amazing."

Sophia is looking forward to walking and taking care of her new puppy.