Let’s start off with one of the biggest misconceptions there are about pit bulls before we get to this story of a family dog saving the life of a 2-year-old boy found face down in a dam. Most people don’t know this but there’s no breed of dog named ‘pit bull’, the breed you know and refer to as a pit bull (in the US) is actually the American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terriers (world wide it’s usually just ‘Staffordshire’). The fact that 99% of the world’s population doesn’t even know that ‘Pit Bull’ isn’t a breed of dog should tell you everything you need to know about how misinformed the public is when it comes to these affectionate, kind, family-loving dogs. Recently a family in Nana Glen, Australia would have lost their 2-year-old son to drowning had it not been for their pit bull who found the child face down in a dam and went for help.
Rescuers arrived to find that the boy had been dead for 27 full minutes, an after CPR to restart his heart an ambulance crew then took the child to a medivac helicopter that airlifted him to a hospital in Brisbane. It was at the hospital in Brisbane where the 2-year-old would ride out a medically-induced coma for 48-hours before making a miraculous recovery. After waking up from the 48-hour coma the first words out of the child’s mouth were to ask for kisses from his parents….Seriously, you can’t make this shit up. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the pit bull that recognized the emergency situation and ran for help, realizing that the boy the dog loves and looks after was in a life-or-death situation.
DESPERATELY trying to revive his lifeless son Alexander, 2, is an ordeal David Kenney will never forget.
The toddler was found floating face down in a dam on a friend’s Nana Glen property on Saturday, September 5.
Amazingly, the Kenney family’s nine-year-old staffy Leala had alerted David to the unfolding drama by running up to the house drenched and frantically seeking attention.
“It was what I was wishing not to see, it was a mixture of disbelief, horror and sadness, it was indescribable really, but then everything was a blur,” David said.
For a harrowing 27 minutes, David and his friends Jason and Joshua Cluff performed CPR on Alexander, restarting his heart before paramedics arrived.
The ambulance whizzed past Alexander’s mum, Lisa Brockbank, as she was returning to the property before she walked into every mother’s worst nightmare.
“I didn’t think it was my kid, I didn’t think it had anything to do with us and then I came to (see) a helicopter in the sky and the whole place just alive with police and ambulances and my son just lying there completely comatose,” Lisa said.
The Westpac Rescue helicopter crew informed Lisa what had happened.
“They pulled me aside and told me this is as bad as it gets, there’s not a lot of hope, you should prepare for the worst possible outcome,” she said.
Alexander was flown to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital and admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit where he was put in an induced coma, his young life in the balance.
“The doctors said ‘be prepared, you may not be taking this boy home and if you do take him home he’ll probably have some sort of brain damage’,” Lisa said.
“From a parent’s point of view, it doesn’t get much worse.”
Within 48 hours, Alexander defied the odds and made a speedy recovery after being brought out of his induced coma.
Doctors said he was quickly able to breathe on his own, but it was his first words to parents David and Lisa that melted the hearts of everyone in the PICU ward.
“The thing that I think got everyone was that he wanted kisses, that was the first thing he wanted – he wanted kisses off us,” David said.
“It was quite miraculous that he came back so soon and so clear and fine and unchanged.”
David said the incident may have ended with fatal consequences had it not been for his two fast-acting mates and Leala’s canine instinct.
“Without obviously the dog and my two mates, he would be…,” the emotional father reflected.
“Everything that went along in its little series, what happened was just flawless with maybe a little bit of luck chucked in.”
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) September 16, 2015
This further reaffirms my sentiment that DOGS ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST COMPANIONS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. Furthermore, pit bulls (Staffordshire Terriers) are some of the most misunderstood dogs in the world. 99.99% of the time the statement ‘there are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners’ is true (sometimes the physiology of any dog breed can just be off).
For those of you unconvinced that pit bulls are often some of the best dogs around here are a few GIFs that might warm your cold, dead heart: