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Video: Watch as Bangor woman's amazing dog gives her epileptic seizure warning

Shannon has filmed her dog in action and after posting it online the clip has gone viral

This amazing Labrador is a life-saver.

They say a dog is a friend for life - but for Shannon Locke from Bangor - Poppy is a lifeline.

Shannon (23) was diagnosed with severe epilepsy after suffering a massive attack when she was 17.

When her condition was at its worst, she was having up to 20 seizures a day, forcing Shannon to drop out of college and become housebound.

But when Poppy came along she became a lifeline for Shannon.

The Belfast Telegraph exclusively interviewed Shannon in July where she revealed how her two-year-old labrador dog appeared to be able to predict a seizure in advance.

And now she has filmed her dog in action in a bid to raise awareness of Disability Assistance Dogs charity to show everyone what Poppy can do.

The video has gone viral being watched millions of times.

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Shannon after doing some research on the subject sought out some expert advice from Neil Powell from Newcastle who has spent 30 years training dogs for emergency rescue and recovery work.

Shannon told Neil how Poppy would seek her out, then sit and stare at her and this would always precede a seizure.

Then Neil taught the Labrador to paw at his owner's leg to alert her to an attack.

The retired teacher is using his expertise to conduct a pioneering study at Queen's University, Belfast, examining whether dogs can warn epilepsy sufferers about a seizure before it strikes.

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