Mom Convinced Hero Dog Saved Her Baby’s Life As She ‘Stopped Breathing’
A mom has praised her hero dog for essentially saving her baby’s life after she suddenly stopped breathing.
Kelly Andrew was annoyed when her Boston Terrier, Henry, kept waking up her baby daughter during the night.
Andrew, who lives in Boston with her husband and daughters, was getting “fed up” with Henry’s repeated break-ins to the nursery. But it seems Henry knew something was wrong, as Andrew shared a post to Twitter explaining their pet may have saved their child’s life.
Andrew, an author, posted: “Last night the dog kept breaking into the nursery and waking the baby. She’s been sick, and I was getting so fed up with him. Until she stopped breathing. We spent the night in the hospital. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t woken her. We don’t deserve dogs.”
She shared two snaps, one showing her little girl in the hospital and the other showing the top of Henry’s head as he appeared in a bedroom.
The photo was captioned: “He keeps pushing open the baby’s door with his battering ram head so he can sniff at her.”
Andrew’s post has amassed a staggering 120,000 likes since being shared on Tuesday.
In response to the outpouring of support, and love for Henry, she shared a snap of her pooch as she raved about him.
Last night the dog kept breaking into the nursery and waking the baby. She’s been sick, and I was getting so fed up with him.
Until she stopped breathing.
We spent the night in the hospital. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t woken her. We don’t deserve dogs. pic.twitter.com/PBJCJVflgh— kelly andrew 🍂 (@KayAyDrew) December 14, 2021
She wrote: “Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. The baby is doing much better today and we are home with Henry, who bravely held the fort all night even though he is scared of the dark.”
Andrew also gave a shout-out to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, saying: “Since this thread is still doing numbers I would like to shout out the ER department at @ctchildrens for being literal heroes. Not just for our LO but night after night, patient after patient. They go above and beyond in their care, and it shows.”
There was an outpouring of praise for Henry, as Andrew replied to one comment on Twitter, saying: “Henry is 100 percent my first baby. And he’s such an important part of the family!”
Sharing their own incredible stories, Molly wrote: “We couldn’t figure out for the longest time why my service dog kept going in to my parents room several times a night sniffing my dad’s face and nudging him repeatedly. They always pushed her away and she would still circle back. She stopped as soon as he got his pacemaker.”
Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. The baby is doing much better today and we are home with Henry, who bravely held the fort all night even though he is scared of the dark. pic.twitter.com/dKem0kXQzs— kelly andrew 🍂 (@KayAyDrew) December 14, 2021
SpeechyNY commented: “My dog kept jumping up on the bed. I had my son in bed with me. He had epilepsy and something didn’t seem right. Well a minutes later he started having a massive seizure. The dog sensed it coming on. I am so grateful that he woke me and I wasn’t dead asleep when it happened.”
@ClaudetteGGibs1 said: “I am so very happy that your baby is doing OK. Give that dog a bone please.”
“Oh wow! Dogs are just incredible. I hope Henry gets ALL the treats!! Bless him, not just a good boy but a fantastic hero boy. Glad baby is doing okay. Well done, Henry!” Holly-Marie Michael added.
Andrew’s website shared more details about her life-saving dog, and home life, saying: “Kelly Andrew lost her hearing when she was four years old. She’s been telling stories ever since. Kelly Andrew lives just outside of Boston with her husband and daughters and a persnickety Boston Terrier.”
Dogs are well-known for their ability to sense and smell what’s naked to the human eye, with many pets becoming service animals for people with epilepsy and other conditions.
Explaining more about their ability, website Understanding Animal Research said: “Dogs’ sense of smell is so subtle that they can notice the slightest change in human scent caused by disease.
“The tiniest shifts in hormones or volatile organic compounds released by diseased cells can be picked out by dogs. Consequently, dogs have been trained to sniff out the markers of disease that might even go unnoticed with medical tests.
“Dogs are most famously known for detecting cancer. They can be trained to sniff out a variety of types including skin cancer, breast cancer and bladder cancer using samples from known cancer patients and people without cancer.”