A husky which collapsed at home and arrived lifeless at the emergency vets was brought back to life by a heroic vet who refused to give up.
Owner Rachel Armstrong, from Hull, was distraught when her beloved rescue dog, Heidi, collapsed at home after falling to the floor gasping for breath.
Rachel managed to carry her struggling pet to her car and drove ten minutes to the emergency surgery Vets Now, in Hull’s Park Street, writes hulldailymail.co.uk
During the journey Heidi’s heart stopped and by the time she arrived at the practice she was lifeless in the boot of the car, her body rigid and her pupils dilated, with no heartbeat.
After Rachel shouted desperately for help, senior vet Susana Jauregui came rushing out of the clinic and carried out three sets of emergency compressions, pushing down with her hands on Heidi’s chest to try and get her heart restarted.
After each set, and with distraught Rachel getting more and more distressed, there was still no heartbeat to be detected.
But determined not to give up, Susana, crouching in the car boot, tried again, and this time it worked.
Susana finally detected a faint, weak heartbeat.
She climbed out of the car and, helped by veterinary nurse Emer Holtby, Susana scooped Heidi, who weighs 32kg, into her arms.
Susana said: “Once we got Heidi into the clinic, we placed a tube, connected to an oxygen machine, into her windpipe to get air to her vital organs.
“Then we gave her one more round of compressions. We finally obtained a more spontaneous heartbeat, and Heidi began breathing as well.”
Heidi underwent tests and the vet suspects a calcium deficiency led to her cardiac arrest.
Owner Rachel said she can’t thank Susana enough for saving her “baby”.
She said: “I can honestly say it was the longest 24 hours of my life.
“This all happened on Mother’s Day, which was my first Mother’s Day with my little girl Hannah, and I was stood outside the clinic in floods of tears while Susana tried to start Heidi’s heart.
“I’ve had Heidi since she was four when I adopted her from the Siberian Husky Welfare Association and the fact that she’s a rescue dog makes me care about her even more.
“The thought of losing her is just too heart-breaking to bear. I never thought I would be able to have kids, so until Hannah came along Heidi was my baby.
“And now Hannah’s here, Heidi watches over her like she’s her protector. It’s like the two of them have a bond together. ”
She said Heidi is still undergoing tests to pinpoint the exact cause of her collapse.
“I was warned there was a high chance of possible brain damage to Heidi because her brain had been without oxygen – but luckily that’s not happened.
“We’re still not totally sure what caused Heidi’s collapse in the first place and she’s still due to have some more tests.
“But the main thing is that she’s totally fine and that’s because of Susana, who did such an amazing job bringing Heidi back to life.”
She added: “Thank you Susana, if it wasn’t for you, Heidi wouldn’t be here today.”
Susana and Emer kept Heidi under observation overnight and the next morning, with Heidi’s condition slowly improving, she was transferred to her daytime vet practice for further tests before being declared well enough to go home.
Susana said: “We’re so pleased Heidi has recovered totally from her ordeal. It was one of the most dramatic days of my career and it’s not a day I’m going to forget in a hurry.”