British woman Joanna Mellor had her life saved after going into cardiac arrest, thanks to her dog who barked until Mellor’s boyfriend woke up and called emergency services.
Mellor was sleeping when she suffered from a heart attack, The Huffington Post reports. Her Labrador Retriever, Leo, began frantically barking until Mellor’s boyfriend, Andrew Rayment, woke up. He called 999 and performed CPR.
“I was half asleep when Leo woke me up,” Rayment told the Daily Mail. “I heard Joanna’s breathing becoming erratic and I tried to wake her and tapped each side of her face, but she was unconscious.”
Rayment said that he didn’t want to waste the paramedics’ time, but when he was on the phone with them Mellor’s breathing became shortened. Rayment recalled trying not to panic. Mellor, however, does not remember the incident.
“I remember going to bed and drifting off to sleep and the next I know I’m in intensive care in hospital and told I’d suffered a heart attack,” Mellor said. “The doctors say I was technically dead because it took Andrew 30 minutes to get my head started.”
Mellor reported that when she first woke up she couldn’t feel her legs and one hand was limp. Although doctors suggested she might be at risk of brain damage, she has since made a full recovery.
According to paramedic Glenn Radford, people who suffer from cardiac arrests don’t usually make a 100 percent recovery, which makes Mellor's case rare.
Mellor has since been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes the heart to beat abnormally fast.