Most of us have read news headlines about individuals resuscitated or revived after being clinically dead. This was the case recently for a family in England, except this time, the survivor wasn’t a human – it was a dog.
Casper, a 13-year-old King Charles Spaniel was at home one afternoon when he suddenly collapsed. His owner, a woman named Gloria Jackson, immediately rushed over to find her beloved dog had stopped breathing.
Frantically, she and her son Shaun rushed poor Casper to a nearby veterinary clinic, where clinical director Deborah Hope and her team of nurses immediately began emergency medical procedures. Casper was suffering from a buildup of fluid in the lungs, which caused shortness of breath. Because of Casper’s advanced age, he collapsed, which prevented him from fighting to discharge the fluids.
Casper’s condition was critical. Unconscious and unable to breath, his heart was failing. The veterinary team began emergency CPR. A tube was inserted into his airways, and Casper was given intravenous fluids to help restart his blood circulation.
Despite their efforts, Hope doubted the dog would survive. Casper’s brain had been without oxygen for almost ten minutes, and there was no heartbeat. This is almost always a death sentence. Had Hope or her nurses decided to give up, Casper would be dead today.
These were professionals, however, and their efforts were successful. In spite of his advanced age, Casper regained consciousness, and was able to respond to his surroundings.
Whenever the brain is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, there is always a risk of permanent damage. Although Casper had been revived, he wasn’t out of the woods yet. He was still sick, and even after all of their efforts, it was unsure whether the spaniel would actually make it.
Fortunately, Casper was able to pull through, and he’s back with his family again. Jackson reports that the dog is “doing really well,” all thanks to a team of vets and nurses who managed to beat the odds.