Ted will become therapy pooch after waking owner from coma

A RESCUE dog who woke his owner from a coma is set to help even more people.

Monday, 28th January 2019, 7:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 7:30 pm

Teddy, who was adopted from the RSPCA’s Stubbington Ark, amazed staff at Southampton General Hospital when he woke his owner Andy Szasz from a medically-induced coma in December 2016.

Civil engineer Andy had been admitted to intensive care with pneumonia having overcome bowel cancer. He was placed into a medically induced coma and wife, Estelle, sought special permission from the staff to allow her to bring in his beloved pet for a visit.

She believes his barking encouraged Andy to wake three days earlier than expected.

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The five-year-old schnauzer-poodle cross has now become qualified as a Pets As Therapy dog and he will be able to visit patients in hospitals and hospices as well as people in care homes and schools across the country.

Andy said: ‘Ted is such a remarkable little dog in many ways. He really stole my heart when we first met.

‘I always tell people I rescued Ted and Ted rescued me. We certainly do have a special bond.’