Companion’s visit the best medicine
IT was a true example of the saying ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ when Mundijong resident Lorenzo Devincentis and his beloved companion Shadow reunited.
Mr Devincentis was admitted to Fiona Stanley Hospital in November last year with staphylococcus aureus, which can lead to serious infection.
The condition affected his heart and he ended up in emergency surgery to have a valve in his heart replaced.
On December 29, Mr Devincentis suffered a major stroke and was admitted back to hospital.
He remained in hospital following complications with his abdomen and lymph nodes.
Meanwhile, his best friend Shadow - a four-year-old Great Dane - was at home in a glum state not knowing where his owner was.
In an odd coincidence, Shadow was already suffering from dilated cardiomyopa- thy (DCM), which is characterised by an enlarged heart.
He was only expected to live for six to eight months, but by the time Mr Devin- centis went into hospital he had already survived a seizure and had outlived his prognosis by two months.
Mr Devincentis’ daughter Laura Devincentis said Shadow had not been the same since her dad left for hospital and her dad in turn was worried about Shadow; so she decided to do something about it.
“On January 12, I gathered up the dog in the car and drove to Fiona Stanley Hospital,” she said.
“I rang my father, who had just been taken off his heart monitor, and told him I was downstairs with a special visitor.”
The dog and owner lit up with joy when they saw each other again and their reunion did not leave a dry eye.
Mr Devincentis, who has since been discharged from hospital, said the doctors were not keen for him to leave the ward, but nothing was going to stop him.
“I knew who it was as soon as Laura said I had a special visitor,” he said.
“Shadow means everything to me. I bred him from a puppy – it was so revitalising to see him.”
Shadow and Lorenzo Devincentis reunite with a hug while Mr Devincentis was in hospital.