A severe car crash in Delray Beach Florida on July 15 left a 19-year-old lady Farrah Fox unconscious. An officer who was not on duty crashed over a stop sign plowing into a vehicle that Farah was a passenger in.
She sustained a severe brain injury that left her in a coma. Members of her family and her doctors were left with no option. They had to wait. Five weeks had passed, and no sign of improvement. But a visit by a therapy dog called Fergie changed everything.
Fergie, the dog, is a regular visitor to hospitals and is owned by the Canine Assisted Therapy group. Its therapy services are available free of charge to people in need. Plans were made for the 7-year-old Labradoodle to be with Farah on August 17 together with Mary Cullinan her handler. Fergie spent close to eight hours with Farah on her sickbed.
We couldn’t tell if Farah was aware there was a dog near her but what followed shows Fergie presence impacted Farah’s health in a significant way.
According to Sun-Sentinel, Cullinan said that Farah’s hand moved on the side of Fergie’s nose. Her hand twitched before she regained consciousness that afternoon.
“It is still unclear to us whether the presence of Fergie had any effect on this outcome. But the dog remained with Farah for close to eight hours on the day she woke up. Farah is today more responsive to Fergie that to humans. It looks like the two have a connection.”
Continue to page 2 what lies ahead for Farah.