Gabriel Silva, 17, was a healthy soccer player with no signs or symptoms of any medical problems when he experienced a dissection of the artery — when the inside wall of an artery gets torn. Early that morning, the family’s border collie, Axel, woke up Gabriel’s mother, Amanda and stepfather by jumping on their bed at around 5 a.m. “He was pretty agitated and excited. He had both paws on my chest, kind of like he was making sure I was awake and to alert me to whatever was happening downstairs.” Gabriel, 17, may owe his life to the family dog that saved him from a potentially deadly stroke. When her husband, Tanner took the dog downstairs, assuming he had to go outside, Axel led him toward their 17-year-old’s bedroom instead. That’s where he found their son, who was trying to communicate that something was wrong. Yet his speech was slurred, his vision was impaired, and he couldn’t walk or feel his right side — telltale signs of a stroke. “When my husband tried to get Gabriel to grip his hand, he couldn’t do it,” she said. Silva’s parents brought him to the closest emergency room, where doctors immediately began treating him with blood thinners. Following that came a battery of tests and scans.
Gabriel was then transferred to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where an angiogram revealed that the teen had experienced a dissection of the artery. “That normally happens through trauma, like a car accident, but in Gabriel’s case it was spontaneous,” Amanda told Fox News Digital. “There was no explanation. It just happened.” “There was no clot, no cholesterol issue. They did a thorough battery of tests to find the root cause, and there was no explanation. It just happened. The stroke had mainly affected the communication center in Silva’s brain, which impacted speech. He also was unable to walk at first, due to losing control of his right side. Once the doctors determined that Silva wasn’t at risk of a continued or recurring stroke, the teen began therapy sessions to try and regain as much functionality as quickly as possible. “I would cry when the nurses would come in and ask him to say his name, and he couldn’t do it.” “He had to relearn the alphabet,” Amanda said. “I would cry when the nurses would come in and ask him to say his name, and he couldn’t do it.”
Today, Gabriel is showing significant improvement. He was able to walk again within a week of the stroke, and he was just released from physical therapy on Thursday. “Had the family dog not alerted Gabriel’s parents, and had Gabriel’s parents not identified his symptoms resulting in a much different outcome for Gabriel. Instead, Gabriel is walking, talking and looking forward to finishing his senior year of high school,” Doctor Effendi adds. “I feel like I was before,” Gabriel told Today.
Smart Dog smiles
A man walks into a bar, after buying a beer he looks around the bar and sees three men and a dog playing cards. Amazed, the man wanders over and starts watching the game. After watching the game for ten minutes, the man leans over to one of the other player’s and whispers ” Wow, that’s a really smart dog!”
The man whispers backs “He isn’t that smart, every time he gets a good hand, he wags his tail!”
I need to re-home a dog. It’s a small terrier and tends to bark a lot. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll jump over next door’s fence and get it for you.
My dog is a genius…
I asked him what is two minus two, he said nothing.
Dogs aren’t smart enough to operate mri machines,
January 18th Birthdays
1955 – Kevin Costner, 2000 – Mateus Ward, 1980 – Jason Segel, 1779 – Peter Roget
1989 – Ashley Murray, 1997 – Sarah Gillman, 1987 – Becca Tobin, 2001 – Romy Weltman