Family credits therapy dog with helping teen wake up from coma
A Florida family credits a therapy dog with helping their teen daughter wake up from a weeks-long coma, according to a report.
Farrah Fox, 19, had just spent the day with a Labradoodle named Fergie when she opened her eyes for the first time since she was involved in a July 15 crash in Delray Beach, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
“We don’t know if it was Fergie or just time,” the dog’s owner, Mary Cullinan, told the newspaper. “But Fergie was with her for eight hours that day. Farrah responds to Fergie more than she responds to people right now. She just has this connection with her.”
The teen’s dad agreed that his daughter appeared to have a special bond with the 7-year-old certified therapy dog.
“Fergie appears to provide Farrah with a lot of comfort,” Ira Fox told news station WPEC. “She seems a lot at ease. Relaxed, resting, stimulated.”
He said his daughter, however, still has a long road to recovery ahead after the accident. She suffered a severe brain injury when an off-duty officer rammed his pick-up truck into her friend’s SUV.
The college student is still unable to speak or walk, according to her family.
“You don’t know how much of the person you’ll get back,” her dad told the Sun-Sentinel. “The doctors said if she makes a 100 percent recovery it would be a miracle. Well then, I guess I need another miracle.”
The family has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her medical bills.
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