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Rescue Dog Wakes Up Owner from Coma

Teddy, a four-year-old schnauzer-poodle mix breed, helped his owner, Andy Szasz, come out from a medically-induced coma, three days early.


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Szasz, a cancer survivor from Southampton, England, suffered from a severe case of pneumonia in December and was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the Southampton England Hospital where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

Doctors expected Andy to come out of the coma after a week but when Szasz wife Estelle was granted permission to bring Teddy to the hospital to visit Szasz, the unexpected happened.

Teddy started barking loudly as soon as he saw Szasz on the bed as if trying to wake up his owner. A couple of barks later, Szasz was completely awake even though it hasn’t been a week yet.


(Left) DogsMonthly | (Right) Solent News & Photo Agency

In a statement reported by “Inside Edition“, Szasz gushed over his furry friend saying, “Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways. He’s clever, loving, loyal, funny, and a right little character.”

Teddy was adopted by Szasz in 2012 from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), an organization specializing in animal rescue and welfare, and little did he know that the once-rescued dog would eventually rescue his owner.

Szasz said that he tells people “I rescued Ted and Ted rescued me. We certainly do have a special bond.”

As a recognition of Teddy’s role in Szasz’s recovery, RSPCA awarded the dog with the prestigious RSPCA Animal Award.

In a report published by Dogs Monthly, RSPCA interim Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward remarked: Teddy is a brilliant example of the intense bond between dog and man. This little dog had a difficult start in life but was rescued by RSPCA and rehomed by Andy.”


“The connection between the two of them is so strong that even in a coma, Andy responded to Teddy. It just shows how rewarding – and life-changing – giving a home to rescue animal can be.”

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