Dogs have always shown undivided loyalty and attention to their human owners and companions. We’ve seen so many stories of dogs being lifesavers and companions that make the lives of their humans easier. Some dogs are even trained to provide comfort to patients in hospitals or to help anxious people relax in airports.
The story of Oscar Haskell, a boy in intensive care at Southampton Children’s Hospital, and his therapy dog named Leo is one that can be considered a miracle.
Oscar has a rare brain condition, and one day, his heart rate suddenly rocketed. According to Oscar’s mom, Zoe Relph, the boy’s heart rate only slowed when Leo was brought in.
Zoe said that when that time happened, Oscar’s doctors told her to prepare for the worst. It seemed like the boy’s condition was deteriorating fast, and he was becoming unresponsive. Everyone in the room wasn’t expecting Oscar to pull through – his heart rate was through the roof, and he wasn’t responding. There were six brain probes in his skull, had 26 tubes connected to him, and only the machines were keeping him alive.
The doctors decided to try a different approach to the boy’s medications – bringing in golden retriever Leo.
Zoe said she was shocked at first that the doctors were suggesting a dog in intensive care. She kept talking to Oscar, as advised by the doctor, even though she’s not sure if the boy could hear her.
Lyndsey Uglow, Leo’s handler, came into Oscar’s hospital room with Leo. She placed a mat over Oscar as protection for the tubes and then put Leo’s paw on the boy’s hand. Zoe narrated that it was a fantastic moment. Oscar’s heart rate went down, and the people in intensive care were all in tears. They all waited for what was going to happen next. And then, Oscar smiled.
According to Zoe, Oscar’s condition has improved day by day since meeting Leo. The two now share a special bond. Zoe believed that Oscar might not have pulled through those scary moments in intensive care had it not for Leo. Thanks to the therapy dog, Oscar is now out of immediate danger and has even gone back to school.
Thanks to Daily Mirror on Facebook for sharing this heartwarming story!