In a real life Lassie situation, a dog recently saved a two-year-old boy from drowning in a pond. The child, Alexander Brockbank, had wandered into a pond on a family friend’s property. Not knowing how to swim, Alexander’s situation quickly turned dire. Thankfully, his faithful dog Leala was nearby.
At first, the hero dog leapt into the pond and tried to nudge the unconscious child back onto the land herself. She quickly realized that her efforts, though valiant, were in vain. Thinking fast, she then ran back to the house and began barking like mad.
Luckily, when Alexander’s father saw the sopping wet and frantic dog, he quickly put two and two together and ran out to the pond. There he saw his son floating face down in the water. Without thinking, he jumped into the murky water and pulled Alexander out of the pond. He then performed CPR for a full 27 minutes before the paramedics arrived.
From there, Alexander was flown to a nearby hospital, put into an induced coma, and placed in intensive care. Unsure of his odds, doctors began to prepare his parents for all scenarios. “From a parent’s point of view, it doesn’t get much worse,” said his mother.
After a harrowing 48 hours, Alexander finally awoke. And, as luck would have it, there was no detectable brain damage. “It was quite miraculous that he came back so soon and so clear and fine and unchanged,” said Mrs. Brockbank.
The “miracle” of Alexander’s rapid recovery is not without a cause. The doctors believe that Alexander’s father’s CPR is largely responsible for his son’s survival. And the CPR was only possible because Leala’s fast acting. “Without (Leala) we wouldn’t have our little boy with us today.”
Now that everyone is safe and sound, you can be sure that Leala is going to have lots of treats in her future!