‘I think animals can help and his dog really kept him alive and really helped him, he was very fortunate,’ says doctor.
When Bob realized he needed more wood to keep his fire burning at his home on New Year’s Eve in Michigan, he wore his slippers and pajamas. When he went outside, suddenly he slipped on the icy ground and broke his neck. That time, Bon only wore only his long johns, shirt, and slippers, he was far from protected from the cold and icy night. Then Bob was left paralyzed and lying in the snow.
Bob and his dog Kelsey, which kept him alive after he broke his neck in snowy conditions.
Bob tried to cry out for help but nobody heard. It was late at night, and his nearest neighbors were about a quarter-mile away.
Bob said: “I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter-mile away and it was 10.30 pm, but my Kelsey came.”
Bob and his hero, Kelsey.
There was only one who did hear his cries and run over to keep him warm for nearly 20 hours is his loyal dog, Kelsey. Kelsey stopped his master from developing hypothermia and frostbite by lying on top of Bob and licking his hands and face throughout the night when temperatures dropped to -4C.
“She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive.”
The loyal dog kept barking for help meanwhile her owner lost his voice and eventually his consciousness. Finally, there was a neighbor who heard Kelsey’s barking and called for the emergency services later.
Bob broke his neck after slipping on the icy ground at his home in Michigan, USA.
He shared: “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.
Bob was taken to the McLaren Northern Michigan hospital but by the time he arrived he had developed symptoms of hypothermia.
Doctors said that Bob’s core body temperature was dangerously low and under 20C when they started treating him.
Kelsey stopped him from getting frostbite by licking his hands and face.
Bob said: “I was surprised to find out that I didn’t have any frostbite. I am sure it was because of Kelsey’s determination.”
Bob’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Chaim Colen, conducted spinal decompression surgery and was “surprised” that he didn’t get frostbite.
Bob and Kelsey with his doctor following his successful neck surgery.
Bob expressed his gratitude for his two heroes, saying he would be “forever grateful.” “Kelsey kept me warm and awake by barking for aid nonstop.” Dr. Colen saved my life and gave me the ability to walk again.”
His operation went well, but Dr. Colen warned he’d still need hours of physical therapy to get back on his feet.