Shauna Darcy brought Ruby to help her cope up with depression, agoraphobia, and anxiety. The plan was to have Ruby act as a service dog.
Shauna said Ruby became an incredible companion and started to help her cope up with her depression and anxiety.
Talking about how Ruby would help her, Shauna said the dog would act funny after picking up changes in her heart rate.
Shauna said the dog would paw her, try to get her attention, get on her top, and would lick her to help her become happy.
Realizing the changes, Shauna decided to go to the doctors, who then told her that she had a rare heart condition called as vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
This means that Ruby knew that something was wrong with Shauna before her owner even knew.
After the diagnosis, Ruby started to help Shauna in monitoring her blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety attacks, and other things.
Ruby also started to pick up dropped items and even carried groceries for her mom so she wouldn’t feel stressed.
Darcy said, “When I pass out she gets on top of me and applies all her pressure on me and licks my hands and face until I come around.”
But everything changed.
Ruby started to alert her mom that something was wrong, but Shauna had no idea why because she was feeling fine.
Trusting the instincts of her pooch, Shauna decided to call an ambulance right away.
It turned out that Shauna’s heart was going into atrial fibrillation.
When the medics came, Shauna was barely conscious and was in severe pain.
The paramedics rushed Shauna to the hospital.
On that day, Shauna realized that her pet pooch saved her life!
The doctors at the hospital managed to save the life of Shauna and they managed to get her heart and body in a stable condition.
When Shauna was unconscious, Ruby refused to leave her side and decided to lie beside her hospital bed, where her owner could see her.
Shauna said during their stay at the hospital, a lot of staff and people came to see Ruby so they could witness their amazing love.
Shauna said Ruby helped her a lot.
In her own words, she said, “I wouldn’t be alive without her.”