McKinney woman's dog pulls her to phone after fall

Woman rescued by unlikely hero

MCKINNEY — As a nurse in the labor and delivery unit, Janet Wilhelm has spent enough time in a hospital.

But, she'll admit she hasn't been through anything like this. With the help of a therapist, she's slowly rehabbing at the Wysong Campus at the Medical Center of McKinney. She's working up the strength to walk again. You can call it a miracle she got out of her garage after a horrible fall.

"It was one of those moments where, 'Am I gonna get out of this?'" she said.

She had just finished packing up dog food and placing it into a bin when she slipped and landed on her left hip.

"I could not move," she said. "It was just debilitating."

Wilhelm fractured her pelvis in five places.

"You are immobilized because of the pain,"said Dr. Eduardo Acosta, with the Medical Center of McKinney. "Every time you try to move you have pain shooting down there."

As she lay in her garage, she didn't have a phone and was alone except for the dog she rescued three years ago. She and her husband rescued a black Lab named Mabel.

"I grabbed her collar and she started backing up towards the house," she said. "I was like 'What is she doing? She's trying to get away from me,' I thought."

It was actually the opposite. Mabel was helping her owner by dragging her out of the garage and into the home. It took them about an hour-and-a-half to get 20 feet.

"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."

Wilhelm ultimately got to her phone, which was in her purse on a chair to call for help. She immediately called her husband Ron. If not for Mabel, Wilhelm would've been stranded on the ground of her garage for eight hours, which would've complicated her recovery says the doctor.

Instead, she hopes to walk again in two weeks. And in her case, Wilhelm was rescued by her rescue.


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