A family dog is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a 17-year-old Texas boy who suffered a stroke.
Amanda and Daines Tanner were woken up at 5 a.m. early on a Saturday in August by a year-old border collie named Axel and led to their son Gabriel’s bedroom, where they found him slurring.
Gabriel was taken to the emergency room before severe brain damage occurred and is now undergoing physical and speech therapy.
Amanda told DailyMail.com that Gabriel is doing well – thanks to Axel.
“Therapy helped him a lot in his recovery,” she said.
“It’s still the hardest part to fully recover your speech and most people can tell something is wrong, but all other affected functions are pretty good. “Towards full recovery.”
A family dog is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a 17-year-old Texas boy who suffered a stroke early on a Saturday morning in August. Gabriel is pictured with his heroic dog Axel
Doctors determined the stroke was caused by a rupture in the artery that supplies blood to the brain, but have made “amazing” progress since then.
The Today Show told the incredible story in which the Tanners explained that at first they thought Axel needed to go outside.
But when Daines opened the door, Axel pushed him into Gabriel’s room.
“I would have never thought a teenager could have a stroke and would have thought they needed more sleep, if any, if Axel hadn’t alerted us to the problem,” Amanda told DailyMail.com.
Sabih Effendi, a neurosurgeon who treated Gabriel, said the boy may never have recovered if Axel had not woken the family in time.
Amanda (right) and Daines (left) Tanner were woken at 5 a.m. by a one-year-old border collie named Axel and led into their son Gabriel’s bedroom, where they found him slurring his speech
Gabriel was taken to the emergency room before severe brain damage occurred and is now undergoing physical and speech therapy
“Without that early notification that he was going to the hospital, you would have had really permanent deficits that would have made him really dysfunctional and unable to live,” Effendi told The Washington Post.
Gabriel is a high school student who is also the target of the soccer team.
The healthy young man was taking school photos, set to graduate next year, hours before the stroke struck him.
Early Saturday, he felt numbness in his arm, went down the stairs and fell to the floor before going back to his room.
Not believing anything was seriously wrong, Gabriel returned to his bedroom – but Axel had a feeling something was wrong.
The dog parked outside Gabriel’s room until the young man’s father checked on him.
“I wish I knew what was going through his mind to know and wake us up,” Amanda told DailyMail.com.
Gabriel is on the road to recovery less than two months after his stroke and was able to leave the hospital on September 9th
Doctors determined that the stroke had happened sometime overnight, and his mother realized how long he would have gone without treatment if Axel hadn’t intervened.
Amanda said Gabriel and two of his brothers were baptized at the church the first week he returned from the hospital.
“The first week Gabriel was home was great, but with lots of hurdles to overcome, lots of doctor visits, paperwork for school, therapy, etc. etc., it’s a new world for us,” Amanda shared with on September 17th.
“But God had a plan for Sunday all along.”
Gabriel is on the road to recovery less than two months after his stroke and was able to leave the hospital on September 9th.
He takes classes with a homebound teacher and participates in physical therapy and speech therapy.
Axel, whom the Tanners had rescued, now has the task of following Gabriel everywhere.
“He sleeps with Gabriel more now and Gabriel’s doors are open so he can go in and out,” Amanda said.
“He was always very sensitive to everything and everyone’s feelings at home.”