Fire­man’s mouth-tosnout CPR saves dog

New Straits Times - - World -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Cal­i­for­nia fire­fight­ers, who spent 20 min­utes per­form­ing mouth-to-snout re­sus­ci­ta­tion on a dog they res­cued from a burn­ing apart­ment, are be­ing hailed as he­roes.

The dog’s owner, Crys­tal Lami­rande, 35, had just re­turned to her Santa Mon­ica apart­ment on Tues­day when a neigh­bour yelled there was a fire.

Lami­rande fran­ti­cally tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bi­chon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu, but the smoke was too thick for her to go in­side, she said on Thurs­day.

Mo­ments later, fire­fight­ers ar­rived and Lami­rande told them her dog was trapped in­side.

That’s when fire­fighter An­drew Klein sprang into ac­tion, get­ting on all fours to search the apart­ment for Nalu as another fire­fighter sprayed wa­ter to keep the flames at bay. Klein found the un­con­scious dog a few feet from the fire in a bed­room.

“He was life­less. I picked him up and ran out of the apart­ment,” said Klein.

As Lami­rande knelt nearby cry­ing, Klein and his crew spent the next 20 min­utes work­ing on re­viv­ing the dog us­ing oxy­gen, CPR and what’s known as mouth-tosnout re­sus­ci­ta­tion.

Video posted on Face­book shows Klein and another fire­fighter pat­ting Nalu’s belly as he starts breath­ing again with the help of oxy­gen.

Lami­rande said she couldn’t be­lieve how much time the fire­fight­ers took to save her dog.

She said Nalu spent the next 24 hours re­cov­er­ing in an oxy­gen cham­ber and was al­most back to his nor­mal self again on Thurs­day.

Klein, a self-de­scribed dog lover, said he felt proud of the out­come.

“He was es­sen­tially dead, so to see him kiss­ing peo­ple and walk­ing around wag­ging his tail was def­i­nitely a good feel­ing,” he said.

AP PIC

Fire­fighter An­drew Klein with Nalu in Cal­i­for­nia.

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