Woman Says Dog Saved Her Life After She Thought She Was Perfectly Fine
Darcy relies on Ruby, an American Staffordshire Terrier, to get her safely and confidently through each day.
From the beginning, it seemed Ruby was extremely adept at noticing every detail of her young owner’s health and wellbeing.
“While she was training to be a service dog I noticed that she started picking up on changes in my heart rate and would act funny — for example, paw at me, try to get my attention, get on top of me, etc.,” Darcy told The Dodo.
Ruby’s persistent concern for Darcy prompted the unsuspecting owner to visit her doctor. Through a series of tests, Darcy was diagnosed with a rare condition called vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects the blood vessels in the body, including the heart.
Symptoms can also include lightheadedness and fainting, but thanks to Ruby, Darcy is never alone when she does faint.
“When I pass out she gets on top of me and applies all her pressure on me and licks my hands and face until I come around,” Darcy said.
Though Darcy did not feel ill, she believed her dog’s sense of urgency and called an ambulance. Ruby was right, as Darcy’s health quickly took a frightening turn for the worse.
Ruby quickly became a star at the hospital, credited with saving her owner’s life on that day. Darcy and Ruby already had a tight bond, but now, the bond is even deeper.
“I wouldn’t be alive without her,” Darcy said.
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