It’s love that makes the world go round, and in this case, also improves a patient’s condition. And this love is between a man and his best friend, a dog. Flavio Santos had been confined to a bed at a hospital in Brazil for treatment of cancer. Needless to say, these were difficult times for him, especially as he was separated from his beloved friend back home. He was sorely missing Agadir, his dog. When nurses at the hospital came to know about this, they resolved to do something, not really expecting much to happen. But then Agadir, the dog visited the hospital to meet Flavio and things changed dramatically.
The nurses had made arrangements for this unique meeting. It was an emotional reunion for the dog and his dear friend.
But an unexpected thing also happened after the dog visited the hospital to meet Flavio. Doctors at the hospital noted a marked improvement in the condition of Flavio. His overall condition showed a significant change!
Talking to the news outlet Globo, Dr. Ricardo Tancredi said he was surprised that Flavio was conscious and even talking after the meeting. He also seemed to be better oriented. Dr. Tanchredi revealed that visits from their pets seemed to have a marked positive effect on patients which were both physical and psychological. They showed an increase in appetite, which is a good sign of improvement. They also had lower blood pressure and heart rate after a visit.
The improvement that the medical team noticed in Flavio was gradual but it remained.
Tancredi feels that given the dramatic improvement in Flavio’s condition, he and his dog, Agadir may be reunited sooner than expected. There is even the possibility that Flavio might be discharged soon.
It is marvelous to watch how two lives, two completely different species can make each other so happy. The love you give your pet is returned many times over. the kindness and compassion they give surely have the powers to cure.
Agadir has breathed new life into Flavio. This is probably the first time that a dog visited the hospital to meet a patient in an attempt to resuscitate them. The positive results will surely ensure that this will not be the last.