A pregnant woman had no idea she was moments from death but her trusted dog was able to sniff out her hidden illness and saved her life and that of her unborn son.
Ricky and Alhanna Butler live in Doncaster, South Yorkshire in England with their loyal pet, an American Akita named Keola. They were all excited to learn that Alhanna was pregnant but things would take a strange turn when Keola began to act weird.
She would often nudge Alhanna and bark at her incessantly, something that they first thought might have been jealousy pangs or the dog just trying to be extra cuddly as she sensed the growing baby.
But the couple just couldn’t ignore Keola’s strange behavior any longer, especially when Alhanna began to feel pain in her lower back area.
She went to the doctor but was informed that despite her pet’s strange behavior, lower back pain is nothing but a symptom of her pregnancy. There was nothing to worry about…
“When the doctors sent me home and said there was nothing seriously wrong, she just sat staring at me so intently that it really scared me.
“I posted a picture of her doing this on Facebook and make the joke about the film Hatchi where the dog also does this and suddenly my friends all started saying I should take it seriously,” Alhanna explained.
When the lower back pain didn’t go away and Keola’s behavior grew increasingly strange, Alhanna decided to go back to the hospital for a second opinion – and it was a good thing she did that because the doctors would later tell her was just moments from death!
It turned out she had contracted a rare double kidney infection which had worsened after being left untreated for a long time.
“On top of that I had an antibiotic resistant bug that had only ever affected one other person in the U.K. It was killing me and the doctors told me that if I had left it any longer I would have died and more than likely my son, also,” she added.
Doctors rushed to save her life and that of her baby. But while the two did survive, everyone knew the real hero was Keola whose strange behavior had forced the couple to go back to the hospital.
“No one really understood how ill I was – but Keola did. She would nudge me and cry and I could never figure out why she had suddenly started doing this. Ricky said she was distraught whenever I went to work, when she had never minded before,” Alhanna said.
Thanks to Keola’s super keen sense of smell, Alhanna and her son, Lincoln, survived the life-threatening condition. As expected, Keola and Lincoln became the best of friends!