Struck by Trajedy
When Maja Kazazic was 16 years old and living in Bosnia during the war, she was severely injured by a mortar shell that killed six of her friends. As a result of her injuries, her leg was amputated. She was in a critical condition when a British aid worker found her in the basement of a besieged hospital. Maja was then flown to the United States for treatment, not knowing if she would ever see her family again.
Reunited with her Family
Undergoing rehabilitation at a hospital in Maryland, it was months before she found out her mother, father and brother had survived the war. Eventually, Maja was able to bring them all to the United States where she learned English, graduated from high school and college and even started a very successful software company.
Maja Meets Winter the Dolphin
Moving to Clearwater, Florida, Maja began coming to the Marine Aquarium and started following the story of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, built by the experts at Hanger Clinic. She kept visiting and following Winter's progress and began to feel that Winter was the animal version of herself. The two had been through traumatic injuries, lost part of themselves and used prosthetics.
Maja decided she wanted the same clinical care as Winter and went to Hanger Clinic for a prosthetic leg which she uses with a WintersGel Prosthetic Liner, created from the same type of gel that was originally created for Winter.
Enter Rosie, the Great Dane
As a result of the trajedy Maja endured, it is no surprise that she was left with terrible PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which left her living through constant panic attacks and night terrors, rendering her broken and unable to function at times. Maja's clinician recommended that she look into getting a dog to help with her PTSD. At first, Maja thought there was no way she could take on the responsibility of a dog, but when she saw a video of the sweetest amputee Great Dane pup, Rosie, she knew that dog was meant to be hers.
When Rosie was just a few weeks old, her 135lb Great Dane mom accidentally stepped on Rosie's leg, breaking it. Infection set in, and Rosie's leg needed to be amputated. Rosie ended up at Hanger Clinic to be fitted with a prosthetic leg. This is how Maja and Rosie were brought together. In September 2015, Maja adopted Rosie, and they have been an inseparable pair ever since.
Today, Rosie has been trained to be a service dog to help with Maja's PTSD. Rosie will wake Maja up if she is having a night terror and can even sense the early signs of a panic attack to help prevent them from happening at all. Maja and Rosie travel all over the globe, inspiring millions, demonstrating the power of a dog and human bond.