A team of Californian firefighters managed to rescue a 10-year-old dog who was trapped inside a Santa Monica apartment. After braving the flamed coming from the apartment, one of the firefighters spent the next 20 minutes trying to resuscitate the canine using oxygen, CPR, and mouth-to-snout techniques. The owner was not at home when the incident happened.
According to California’s Fire Department, on Tuesday afternoon, a person called 911 saying that a Santa Monica apartment building was on fire. Prior to the arrival of the Fire Department, Crystal Lamirande, a 35-year-old radiologist nurse was just returning home, when she heard one of her neighbors yell ‘Fire.’
As she looked up, the woman saw her apartment in flames. In a desperate attempt to save her 10-year-old Shih-Tzu/ Bichon Frise mix dog, the woman tried to enter her apartment. However, the flames were much too thick, and Lamirande had to abandon her rescue attempt.
Minutes later, the firefighter arrived. Among them was Andrew Klein, a veteran firefighter, who is also a dog lover. Learning that Nalu, the woman’s dog, was still trapped inside the burning building, Klein knew what he had to do – the put his gear on, and while his colleagues doused the flames with water, the man searched the apartment for the woman’s dog.
Klein told the reporters that due to the extreme condition, he had to crawl through the apartment in order to locate Nalu. When Klein found the dog, he was unconscious and unresponsive. After a few minutes, the firefighter emerged from the apartment, carrying Nalu in his arms.
With no time to lose, Klein placed the dog on the ground and began performing CPR. The firefighter and his colleagues gave Nalu oxygen and struggled for approximately 20 minutes to resuscitate the canine.
Their efforts paid off, as Nalu woke up and started wagging his tail. Lamirande, the dog’s owner, said that when she saw Klein coming out of the building with Nalu in his arms, she thought that her companion is dead and that there was nothing more to be done.
However, thanks to Klein’s efforts, Nalu managed to pull through. And, after spending an extra 24 hours in a hyperbaric chamber, Nalu’s again fit as the proverbial fiddle. Moreover. According to the vets, even though the dog was dead for more than 20 minutes, there was no visible brain damage.
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