Merrick Dog Saves Pregnant Woman, Baby

A Goldendoodle like this was responsible for saving Janelle Giannetta's life. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A Goldendoodle like this was responsible for saving Janelle Giannetta's life. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A doctor from Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) credits Louie, a 1-year-old Goldendoodle, for saving the life of Merokean Janelle Giannetta and her newborn baby, according to Newsday.

Giannetta, who was 26 weeks pregnant, wasn't feeling well Friday and went to lay down in her second-floor bedroom when Louie, who doesn't bark often, did so over and over. 

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Richard, who was cleaning up from Jannelle's 28th birthday party, initially thought that Louie was barking at something outside, but when he realized it was from upstairs, he went to take a look.

From Newsday:

In the bedroom, he said, he found the 75-pound dog standing on the bed barking at his wife. Janelle was having a seizure, her tongue was rolled back and she had a ring of white foam around her mouth, Richard said.

Richard called 911, and Janelle was taken to NUMC and diagnosed with eclampsia. 

Dr. Peter Hong, chief of NUMC's high risk pregnancy service, told Newsday that the only cure is to deliver the baby, he said, so the decision was made to perform a Caesarean section.

Charlotte Marie was born on Saturday at 2:25 a.m., and she weighed just 1 pound, 7 ounces. The baby remains in the neonatal intensive care unit, where she will stay until July, Hong said.

While Richard and Janelle credited emergency responders for their work, Hong said that Louie played a major role.

"In my opinion, the dog is the real hero," he said. "If not for the dog's barking, she could have had one seizure after another, after another...and she would have gotten care a lot later, and that would have made my job much harder." 

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Mickey April 03, 2013 at 11:27 AM
There is a reason that DOG is spelled that way... it's just GOD in reverse... working though mans best friend to help us and make our lives whole!! Thank you God and Louie!! Bless baby Charlotte and bring her through this to a full and healthy life!! And a few bags of treats for Louie!!
Nancy Moniodes April 06, 2013 at 10:28 AM
God Bless Louie, bring him in for cupcake if he could have one. I use to have seizure so I cane relate. :):) I hope all is well now for all of you. Nancy The Cupcake lady:)
Lynda April 08, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Prayers for you all and for Charlotte. Give Louie a pet for me.


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