Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Puppy helps girl's depression in intensive care unit

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Rome, August 1 - Doctors at Rome's Gemelli
University hospital said on Thursday that a puppy was a crucial
part of helping a 10-year-old girl in intensive care recover
from severe depression related to a crippling illness.
Portos is the first puppy used by the hospital's pediatric
intensive care unit, though pet therapy is widely used outside
of hospitals in Italy.
The young girl, suffering from a rare spinal-marrow
infection that causes temporary paralysis, only began to smile
with the help of puppy and his affection, the medical team said.
Not only was the puppy key in helping the girl with
post-traumatic depression, therapist said that playing with the
dog helped with her physiotherapy, as well.

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