"He Is My Guardian Angel": Man Lapsed Into A Coma, But His Beloved Rescue Dog's Barking Woke Him Up
Dogs can be loyal companions and bring lots of fun and excitement into our lives. But sometimes, they can do much more than that, as Andy Szasz found out.
Andy and his wife Estelle adopted Teddy from an RSPCA shelter in Fareham back in 2012. The pooch immediately became part of the family.
Four years later, Andy ended up in intensive care with pneumonia, and doctors had to put him into a medically induced coma. Thinking a visit from Teddy would be therapeutic for her husband, Estelle got a special permission and took their beloved doggie to the hospital.
Teddy saw his owner and started barking excitedly. Guess what happened next?
Andy emerged from a coma, three days earlier than expected. His pet’s voice worked like magic! Speaking to The Portsmouth News, Andy recalled:
[Estelle] put Teddy on my chest and he woke me up. In a way I think he is my guardian angel.
After Andy went home, Teddy helped him recover and get back into shape. Andy said:
Once I left hospital, without this little man getting me fit afterwards I don’t think I would’ve made it.
He gave me the encouragement to take him for a walk three or four times a day.
The story made the national headlines, and Teddy got an RSPCA Animal Award for saving his owner.
Andy told The Portsmouth News:
I always tell people I rescued Ted and Ted rescued me.
We certainly do have a special bond and I wouldn’t be without him for all the money in the world.
How having a dog in your household benefits your health
Not every dog has the ability to wake people up from a coma, but living with a pooch does have some proven benefits.
One study, led by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden and published in Scientific Reports in 2017, showed that dog owners were at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and dying from its complications.
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In addition to the benefit for your heart, having a dog can reduce your stress levels, which is good for your overall health. Moreover, children who grow up with dogs as pets are at a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies.
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By the way, if you are more of a cat person, living with a cat also provides the same benefits for your health.
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So, having a four-legged friend in your home isn’t just entertaining, but it's also good for your health. Isn’t that wonderful?