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Therapy Labrador Retriever Helps Rehabilitate Young Stroke Patient

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A therapy Labrador Retriever helps rehabilitate a young stroke patient.



Jack Doss, a 6-year-old boy, suffered a stroke during a major operation to remove a brain tumor. This left him with limited mobility in his left side.

Jack is undergoes intense physical therapy exercises, including lifting his hand above his head to feed treats to a dog waiting patiently behind him to improve his mobility.

Tyler, Jack’s father, posted a video of the therapy session in Youtube.

It was the first time Jack had moved his arm since the operation, said Tyler.

The video shows Jack laughing as Tank, a Black Labrador Retriever, eats the biscuit from his hand.

Tyler said that the brain tumor was discovered after Jack started suffering headaches at the beginning of May.

He underwent surgery on July 18 and the doctors took out 90 to 95 percent of the tumor. Unfortunately, Jack suffered a stroke during the operation.

The surgeon told Tyler that he could have some left side issues and so his left arm and leg weren’t working , so Jack started physical therapy that next Wednesday.

The hospital where Jack is being treated has between 20 and 25 dogs that work with children undergoing physical therapy sessions.

“That  video was the first time he had moved his arm. I got home from work and my wife showed me that, so I was pretty happy,” said Tyler.

He added that his son enjoys working with the dogs as he goes through the exercise sessions.

“His favorite thing is animals – he loves animals. They make things a lot better for him during therapy,” said Tyler.