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'There are no words... pure joy!': Terminally ill girl who loves dogs and asked for photos of them to get her through treatment is paid surprise visit by K-9s from 40 Wisconsin police departments

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 3/11/2019 Chris Dyer For Mailonline

a person petting a dog on a leash: Emma Mertens got to meet around 40 police dogs and officers when departments from across Wisconsin went to her home

Emma Mertens got to meet around 40 police dogs and officers when departments from across Wisconsin went to her home
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A terminally ill schoolgirl with an inoperable brain tumor was visited by around 40 cops and their police dogs.

Little Emma Mertens loves dogs so much, officers visited her and brought their K-9 colleagues to her home in Hartland, near Milwaukee.

After hearing about her illness and her love of animals, police departments from around Wisconsin made the time to take the K-9s to her home to cheer her up.

A queue of officers and police dogs waiting to meet her stretched along her road as squads from around the state offered to help put a smile on Emma's face at the weekend.

The seven-year-old was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) around six weeks ago.

Last month she was inundated with 75,000 letters and photos of canines across the globe, from as far away as Scotland, Japan and Venezuela, after she asked for dog pictures to help her get through her treatment.

Emma doesn't have a dog of her own and often dogsits along with her parents for their neighbors. 

After she was diagnosed, her friends and family sent Emma letters addressed from their pups to make her smile. 

Then on Saturday her local police forces brought their own canines to her home.

Hartford Police Department wrote on Facebook: 'Today, just a few of us (roughly 40) stopped by to see Emma. She had no idea we were coming so she was VERY excited. What an amazing and strong little girl. It was such a great morning.' 

a group of people standing next to a dog: Emma got to meet around 40 different police dogs and officers when squads from across the state paid her a visit

Emma got to meet around 40 different police dogs and officers when squads from across the state paid her a visit
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Photos posted by both officers and Emma's parents, show police and the K-9s lined up to see Emma and cheer her up. 

Her family wrote online on social media in response to the seven-year-old's special visit: 'There are no words....Pure Joy! Thank you to everyone who took the time to organize and participate in this. 

'Emma is still all smiles! Over 35 different departments and many more K9s and officers.'

At first Emma started suffering headaches and flu-like systems in January and days later was rushed into surgery to reduce swelling on the brain. 

She has had a second operation and is having daily radiation therapy at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

DIPA is a highly aggressive brain tumor near the brainstem that primarily affects children, with most diagnoses occur between the age of five and seven. 

According to DIPG Resource Network, fewer than 10 per cent of children survive for two years following their diagnosis.  

Emma has a GoFundMe page to help her family pay medical bills that has raised more than $125,000.

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