MCKINNEY, Texas — Janet Wilhelm knows about saving lives. As a labor and delivery nurse, she understands time sensitive matters. After a terrible fall that left her unable to walk, Wilhelm had an unlikely hero who helped her before her injuries worsened.
Wilhelm was putting away dog food in her garage when she slipped and fell. As a result, she fractured her pelvis in five different places. She was unable to move and there was no way she could reach her cell phone to call for help.
“I could not move,” Wilhelm told USA Today. “It was just debilitating.”
Alone in her garage, Wilhelm lay on the floor. Mabel, her rescued Black Labrador, wandered up to check her out. Wilhelm decided to grab onto her collar for stability. That’s when Mabel started to back up.
“I grabbed her collar and she started backing up towards the house,” Wilhelm said. “I was like ‘What is she doing? She’s trying to get away from me,’ I thought.”
Mabel wasn’t trying to get away from her, she was trying to help. Every time Wilhelm held her collar, she would drag her a little closer to the house. After 90 minutes and 20 feet, Wilhelm was able to reach her cell phone and call her husband, Ron.
“I was so happy she was there,” Wilhelm said. “I was like, ‘Good girl, good girl. I love you, I love you.’ I was just so happy.”
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Wilhelm and her husband rescued Mabel three years ago. Little did they know that Mabel would soon return the favor. Had Mabel not been there, Wilhelm would have been waiting eight hours for help to arrive. Her recovery would have been greatly complicated.
Wilhelm is now in the good hands of her doctors and physical therapists. She hopes to be walking again in two weeks. Thanks to Mabel, it was Wilhelm’s turn to be rescued.