A Chicago woman has suffered a severe ordeal – ending up on life support for a week after her dog hit her while playing.
Erin Stevenson, 41, was in the yard with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Skyy, in January when the overexcited dog accidentally headbutted her on the chin.
The dog’s mother thought little of the incident until three days later when she woke up unable to swallow and took herself to hospital.
“I was intubated and put on life support,” Stevenson said. Kennedy News tuesday. “Unbeknownst to me, Skyy had cracked two of my molars and I had developed an abscess which caused swelling.”
While the Windy City resident was on life support, her mischievous pup was home unaware of the drama she had caused.
“Skyy did a lot of things in her day, but nothing like it,” Stevenson said after waking up. “She’s a problem, and she keeps us all on our toes.”
Doctors were initially confused by Stevenson’s diagnosis when she presented to the emergency room unable to swallow.
“There was significant swelling on one side of my face. I had a CT scan, antibiotics and steroids,” she said. “They didn’t know what it was. maybe it was a bruise or a broken jaw.
“They were worried that if the swelling didn’t go down, my airways would close. I was put to sleep and a tube was inserted to breathe for me,” the canine owner added.
Doctors eventually realized that the cracked molars caused by Skyy’s headbutt had led to the development of a severe abscess.
“Doctors pulled out two of my teeth and put a drain in my neck to drain the infection,” Stevenson explained.
“They left me on life support to make sure there were no secondary infections – but I developed a second one which was drained and eventually solved the problem,” he said. she adds.
The Chi-town native said the ordeal was also painful for her husband, Scott, 46, who was unsure if his wife would wake up from an induced coma.
“I told him to tell my family that I love them. It was worse for him than for me,” Stevenson said, fighting back tears.
Luckily, the mum dog managed to pull through, but she’s still suffering from a serious side effect more than four months after being hospitalized.
“The only lingering injury I have is that now I can only open my mouth so far, which is a bit of a nightmare,” Stevenson said.
However, the proud pet owner says she can’t stay mad at 5-year-old Skyy despite the playboy dog constantly causing trouble.
Stevenson said on another occasion that the dog escaped from its crate, chewed on a wall and ended up at the neighbor’s house.
“I once got a call from the neighbor saying they had Skyy, which really confused me because when I left her she was in a crate,” she said. “My husband said he was surprised they didn’t kill her!”