(With Thanks To Mclaren Northern Michigan)
While most of Michigan and the country were out celebrating on New Year’s Eve, a northern Michigan man was lying in the snow — paralyzed after he slipped and fell. But his faithful dog saved his life, Fox 2 Detroit reported.
The man, known only as Bob, was watching football on New Year’s Eve waiting to watch the ball drop. When his game went to commercial, he ran outside to get some wood for the fire.
He was only dressed in long johns, slippers, and a shirt for the 15-meter walk. Suddenly, he slipped and fell, breaking his neck.
He has no close neighbors, so if he was screaming for help, the only help he got was his best friend — Kelsey, his golden retriever.
“I screamed for help, but my closest neighbor is about a quarter of a mile away and it is 10:30 hours, but my Kelsey came,” Bob told McLaren Hospital. “By morning, my voice was gone and I could not yell for help, but Kelsey did not stop barking.”
The temperature dropped to 24 degrees in the night, and there was Bob, lying in the snow with Kelsey at his side.
He said they kept him warm by lying on top of him. They licked his hands and face to keep him awake.
“They just kept barking, but never my hand,” Bob said. “They kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to continue and that was my choice to stay alive.”
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To 19 pm, Bob lost consciousness. Kelsey continued to bark and finally, a neighbor heard her.
“She was the rental of these screeching cry alerted my neighbor,” Bob said. “He found me at 6:30 p.m. on new year’s day.”
According to McLaren Northern Hospital, who told Bob’s story, he was hypothermic, with a temperature under 70 degrees Celsius, in atrial fibrillation, and had a C4-C5 herniated disc.
The herniated disc in his neck and had spinal cord compression, caused by weakness or paralysis in his legs.
The emergency department worked to stabilize him and get him to go heal. Bob said that it was Kelsey, who saved his life that day.
“I was surprised to discover that I wasn’t the frost bite,” Bob said. “I am sure that it was because of Kelsey’s determination to keep me safe and warm.”
The good news is, he is already the use of his limbs, according to Chaim Colen, MD, Neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan.
“I immediately took the patient back to the operating room for decompression of his spinal cord and stabilization. After the operation, by a miracle, he began to move his limbs with greater strength.”
Since the surgery, Bob is motivated to heal and get back to his farm. He will have intense physical and occupational therapy to regain strength and function – but he is on the road to recovery, thanks to his heroes.
“Kelsey kept me warm, alert, and never stopped barking for help. Dr. Colen saved my life and the ability to move. They are truly heroes, and I will be eternally grateful to you.”
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