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Florida stroke victim says her dogs saved her life

Posted at 8:53 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 18:34:35-05

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- People often debate the intelligence of dogs. But one Florida woman knows her dogs are smart because she says they saved her life.

Maureen Hatcher collapsed in her St. Augustine home on Dec. 3.

A clot had cut off the blood flow to the right side of her brain, which meant the clock was ticking to prevent permanent brain damage. Fortunately, her dogs Sadie and Bella were there, and leaped into action.

"I remember Sadie coming in," Hatcher said. "I said, 'Mommy needs help' and then they were gone," she said.

Almost as if they knew they had to act quickly, Bella and Sadie ran off.

The Ring camera on the front door caught the moment the loyal pets dashed across the street to alert a neighbor.

Moments later the neighbor arrived at the house, found Hatcher and called 911.

Doctors were able to remove her blood clot and likely prevent permanent brain damage.

"I had an angel across the street. I had a great rescue in the neighborhood... and the hospital," Hatcher said.

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