Life support

American put on life support after dog ‘headbutted’ her while playing

Mrs. Stevenson is back home and suffering from a major side effect. (Unsplash/Representative Photo)

A dog owner in the United States has been put on life support after his overexcited dog accidentally headbutted him on the chin. According to Independent, Erin Stevenson has announced that she was in the yard with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Skyy, in January when her dog accidentally hit her while playing. The 41-year-old said she thought little of the incident until three days later – when she woke up unable to swallow and went to hospital.

Ms Stevenson explained that she and her dog had indulged in an otherwise friendly adventure outside. The five-year-old dog then had what she described as an exciting case of ‘zooms’ – a dog owner’s shorthand for when dogs receive an explosive, inexplicable burst of energy that is resolved by the animal that walks back and forth around the room or yard. She said Skyy zoomed in and headbutted her under the chin in excitement.

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Afterwards, the 41-year-old reportedly said the initial bump on her chin did not raise serious alarm. However, three days later she revealed she woke up to find she was unable to swallow, after which she decided a trip to hospital was in order.

According to Independent, Ms Stevenson said her early symptoms presented doctors with a bit of a puzzle to diagnose. But they eventually determined that the dog’s headbutt had cracked his molars and caused a severe abscess in his jaw.

“It swelled up my face and neck so much that the doctors were worried my airway was collapsing,” Ms Stevenson said. She said doctors made the decision to put her on life support and intubate her so she could breathe. Additionally, the 41-year-old revealed she spent weeks after Christmas on life support.

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Two of his molars were removed and a tube was inserted into his neck to drain abscess fluid from the infection. Independent reported that although Ms Stevenson was the one on life support, her husband, Scott, was the one she said had really suffered from the ordeal’s labor.

“I told him to tell my family that I love them,” she said.

But luckily Mrs Stevenson has returned home and only suffers from one major side effect of the misadventure with her playful pup – she can only open her mouth so far.


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