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Pittsburgh area woman suffering stroke says dog saved her life


A Pittsburgh area  woman says if it wasn’t for her dog, she wouldn’t be alive.

Deanna Stephenson was asleep when she suffered a stroke. She told WPXI’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that the dog was, “pawing and biting, pulling her hair, doing whatever it took to get her awake.”

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When Bella, the miniature pinscher, finally stirred her awake, Stephenson said she called 911. When medics arrived, they immediately knew she had suffered a stroke and she was taken to an area hospital via medical helicopter.

The doctors who treated Stephenson said if the dog had not woken her up, she would have likely died.



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