GAINESVILLE, FLA. –
A Florida man was expecting a Christmas miracle when his dog was attacked by another animal, and a team of veterinarians provided it.
The heart of 1-year-old Gerald Ford's French Bulldog stopped beating after the attack on Christmas Eve. In a rare occurrence, veterinarians at the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine managed to revive Neo.
Research suggests that animals whose hearts have given a full and healthy life live only 5 percent of the time.
The team of veterinarians who worked at Neo said he would be among them, although he needed a leg to be amputated.
"Usually when an animal goes round and round it needs to be on a mechanical ventilator, on a breathing machine," said Bobbi Conner, a University of Florida professor and veterinarian specializing in emergency medicine. The Gainesville Sun.
Ford had let Neo out on Christmas Eve to do business on his 12-acre estate in White Springs, Florida, a rural area between Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
Ford said he found it strange when Neo didn't return, but left the front door of his house open so that Neo could enter. In the middle of the night, Ford said he heard a noise on the front porch. and opened the door to see Neo covered in bite marks and losing blood.
Ford said he wasn't sure which animal attacked Neo.
"I'll never forget the look on your face," said Ford. "It was like he was saying, 'Help me.'
Veterinarians told Ford Neo that they would adapt to having three legs, and Ford said it has no doubt.
"He'll be fine," said Ford. "I'm the only one in ruins."