Heroic indeed! A dog hero in Petoskey, Michigan has succeeded in saving his 64-year-old owner’s life by lying on top of him for nearly 24 hours to keep him warm in a fierce snowfall. Kelsey’s owner, named only as Bob, was paralyzed after falling badly and breaking his neck. Bob has left his farmhouse, on New Year’s Eve, just to gather firewood for his fireplace, but instead he got caught in a terrible accident.
Lucky for him, his 5-year-old golden retriever named Kelsey joined Bob when during halftime of the Fiesta Bowl, he decided to walk outside his house in just his long johns, slippers and a shirt to get firewood for the fireplace.
The short and supposed to be casual 15-foot walk turned to be a nightmare when Bob slipped and fell and then could not move.
“I was screaming for help, but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter-mile away and it was 10:30 PM, but my Kelsey came,” Bob was quoted as saying by Petoskey News.
“By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”
For the next 20 hours, Bob remained paralyzed in the snow in temperatures that dipped extremely low. Bob claims Kelsey kept him warm by laying on top of him, licking his face and hands to help keep him awake.
“She kept barking for help, but never left my side. She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that was my choice to stay alive,” Bob said as he shares how his dog hero saved him.
After being outside in the freezing cold for 19 hours, Bob lost consciousness, but Kelsey kept barking until eventually his nearest neighbour, Rick, found him.
“She was letting out this screeching howl that alerted my neighbour. He (Rick) found me at 6:30 PM on New Year’s Day,” Bob said.
Bob’s daughter, Jenny, drove immediately up from Grosse Pointe after receiving a phone call from her father’s neighbour.
Chaim Colen, a neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan, has evaluated Bob.
“I immediately took the patient back to the operating room for decompression of his spinal cord and stabilisation. After the surgery, miraculously, he started to move his extremities with greater strength,” Colen said.
Colen said Bob will need extensive rehabilitation, which he has already begun. He took 40 steps with help from a walker in rehab last Tuesday, a week following his operation.
Bob was a very fortunate man. Without his loyal and faithful dog hero by his side, things could have turn out even worst.
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